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HVAC Technician Salary

Male HVAC Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $18.34 per hour in the United States. With bonuses occasionally running north of $2K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $10K, and a few commissions as high as $10K, total income for HVAC Technicians can range between $26K and $65K according to individual performance. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and just under one-half have dental coverage, slightly less than a third claim no health benefits at all. Most HVAC Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,512 - $68,499
(Median)
$30K
$43K
$68K
MEDIAN: $43,236
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$12.08 - $27.69
(Median)
$12
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,512 - $68,499  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,917  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
Commission
$498.33 - $10,234  
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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$26,367 - $64,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 353
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $27.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.85  
Overtime
$18.30 - $42.40  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,917  
   
Commission
$498.33 - $10,234  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
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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$26,367 - $64,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,818

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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. The most common promotion for HVAC Technicians is HVAC Mechanic, a position that typically pays $44K annually. Another standard transition for HVAC Technicians seeking advancement is to assume a HVAC Installation Technician role, where pay is often $37K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 14 percent. Most people familiar with Maintenance also know Troubleshooting and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Technician

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


HVAC Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. HVAC Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


HVAC Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 29 percent. HVAC Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Denver (+22 percent), Phoenix (+21 percent), and Chicago (+21 percent). HVAC Technicians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — HVAC Technicians in Orlando bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and San Antonio (3 percent lower and 2 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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Troubleshooting
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HVAC System Design
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System Repair
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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Maintenance
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Technical Services
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 323 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 28%