HVAC Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.70 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to HVAC Technicians can bottom out near $27K or peak near $65K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the company and location are influential factors as well. For the most part, HVAC Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and a little less than half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,630 - $68,640
$29K
$43K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,272
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$12.56 - $29.03
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,630 - $68,640  
   
Bonus
$350.00 - $4,070  
Profit Sharing
$19.57 - $10,213  
Commission
$405.47 - $11,589  
Total Pay (?
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$27,395 - $65,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 448
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $29.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $1.84  
Overtime
$18.52 - $43.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$350.00 - $4,070  
   
Commission
$405.47 - $11,589  
Profit Sharing
$19.57 - $10,213  
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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$27,395 - $65,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,538

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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

  • 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.
  • Perform preventative maintenance and part repairs according to schedule.
  • Instruct end users in appropriate use of HVAC and environmental systems.

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 $65K annually. A HVAC Mechanic role is the most common promotion for HVAC Technicians moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $44K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for HVAC Technicians is a HVAC Maintenance Technician position, where earnings are usually $39K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


Many HVAC Technicians can be found at The Trane Company, Sears Holdings Corporation, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, Comfort Systems Usa Inc, and Mechanical Air Service, firms that are at the top of the field. The biggest paychecks can be found at ABM Industries, Inc. — the median salary there is $62K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


Survey takers working as HVAC Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in HVAC, Controls, Commercial, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Equipment Maintenance and Refrigeration. 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 who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $45K. HVAC Technicians bring in $52K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,659

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Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, HVAC Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+25 percent), Boston (+22 percent), Phoenix (+17 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, San Antonio is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Austin (9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for HVAC Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 362 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

HVAC
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Customer Service
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Plumbing
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Maintenance
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National Average
$42,000

Residential
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Refrigeration
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Equipment Maintenance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 362 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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