HVAC Technician Salary

HVAC Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.62 per hour. Overall cash earnings for HVAC Technicians stretch from $27K on the lower end to $65K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over two-fifths get dental coverage, too. Most HVAC Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,264 - $67,128
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$29K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,266
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$12.29 - $28.28
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,264 - $67,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $9,967  
Commission
$625 - $10,084  
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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$27,058 - $65,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 486
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $28.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.97  
Overtime
$18.24 - $42.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,068  
   
Commission
$625 - $10,084  
Profit Sharing
$19.39 - $9,967  
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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$27,058 - $65,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,566
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as HVAC Service Manager. The latter position pays an average of $64K annually. With an annual salary of $44K, HVAC Mechanic is the most common role for HVAC Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a HVAC Maintenance Technician role — which usually pays $39K — is also typical for HVAC Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


The Trane Company pays the most with a median salary of $45K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $27K to a high of $82K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance and Refrigeration. It is often found that people who know System Repair are also skilled in Maintenance and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. On average, HVAC Technicians make $51K following one to two decades on the job. HVAC Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $41,429

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

HVAC Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 30 percent. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+27 percent), Denver (+25 percent), San Diego (+23 percent), and Phoenix (+18 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Atlanta (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

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Systems Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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$41,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 392 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 33%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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