HVAC Technician Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $18.27 per hour. The top of the range reaches $27.52, and the bottom approaches $11.91 per hour. Overall compensation packages to HVAC Technicians range from $29,614 on the low end to $68,836 on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $1,514 and profit sharing that approaches $10,137, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $9,850. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not claimed by all—around one third lack any form of coverage—but more than half have medical insurance, and about half have dental, too. Work is enjoyable for the better half of HVAC Technicians who claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
HVAC Technician Salary (?
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$29,614 - $68,836
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MEDIAN: $42,983
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HVAC Technician Salary (?
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$11.91 - $27.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,614 - $68,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,514  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
Commission
$394.53 - $9,850  
Total Pay (?
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$25,668 - $65,309  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $27.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $0.57  
Overtime
$17.95 - $42.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,514  
   
Commission
$394.53 - $9,850  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$25,668 - $65,309  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,409
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Job Description for HVAC Technician

HVAC technicians work year-round, installing, repairing, and maintaining the machines that regulate temperature and ventilation in buildings. They work on heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. They may be self-employed or work for a larger company that manage businesses or large residential properties.
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HVAC Technician Tasks
  • Perform preventative maintenance and part repairs according to schedule.
  • Instruct end users in appropriate use of HVAC and environmental systems.
  • Respond to customer service needs, installing, repairing, checking, and testing systems for performance problems.
  • Document all activities, parts, equipment used, and travel in log book.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Technician

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HVAC Technicians may receive a large increase in pay with career advancement. Those who transition into an upper level HVAC Control Systems Technician position may earn an additional $9,554 per year. Becoming a HVAC Mechanic is, more often than not, the most common role that HVAC Technicians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career, and salaries hike up an additional $2,293. Another frequent advance is for HVAC Technicians to assume a HVAC Installation Technician role; in this role, workers often experience a pay cut of $4,222.

HVAC Technician Job Listings

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Popular Skills for HVAC Technician

Survey results suggest that HVAC Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 14 percent, 14 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Maintenance indicates knowledge of Troubleshooting and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Technician

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For HVAC Technicians, experience in the field tends to play a major role in salary negotiations; pay increases with more experience. At career start, salaries are typically $33K, which grows to $44K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $49K. Salary increase slows as HVAC Technicians pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 25 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for HVAC Technicians, 35 percent higher than the national average. Baltimore, Denver, Phoenix, and New York are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with HVAC Technicians earning around 27 percent, 25 percent, 14 percent, and 9 percent more than average. In Orlando, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Philadelphia and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-9 percent and -5 percent).

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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 29%
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