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. In the world of HVAC Technicians, overall income ranges from $26K near the bottom to $64K at the top; this can include more than $2K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. While some workers in this profession — slightly less than a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and more than two-fifths have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,908 - $66,405
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,650
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$12.05 - $27.80
(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
$28,908 - $66,405  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
Commission
$504 - $10,247  
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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$26,052 - $64,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.05 - $27.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.85  
Overtime
$18.27 - $41.98  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
Commission
$504 - $10,247  
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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$26,052 - $64,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,079
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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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For HVAC Technicians, progressing to a HVAC Service Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a HVAC Service Manager can earn $64K 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


The Trane Company attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $43K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. Those educated in Maintenance tend to be well versed in 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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. HVAC Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $54K.

Pay Difference by Location


For HVAC Technicians, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 51 percent greater than the national average. HVAC Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+28 percent), Boston (+28 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Phoenix (+20 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Austin (4 percent lower) and Atlanta (2 percent lower).

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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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HVAC System Design
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System Repair
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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 330 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%
vision benefits Vision: 31% employee benefits None: 29%
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