HVAC Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $18.37 per hour. In the world of HVAC Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $26K and $64K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but tenure and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by just over two-fifths. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,159 - $65,408
(Median)
$29K
$42K
$65K
MEDIAN: $42,363
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$12.12 - $27.71
(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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,159 - $65,408  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,787  
Commission
$508 - $10,122  
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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$26,366 - $63,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.12 - $27.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.89  
Overtime
$18.27 - $41.73  
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 - $1,957  
   
Commission
$508 - $10,122  
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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$26,366 - $63,921  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,093
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


The Trane Company offers the largest salaries in town ($43K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $28K to $76K.

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 between 5 percent and 14 percent. Most people who know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of HVAC Technicians. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. HVAC Technicians bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, HVAC Technicians in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+30 percent), Denver (+29 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Phoenix (+20 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Atlanta and Austin also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

up arrow 14%



Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 4%

HVAC System Design
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System Repair
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Technical Services
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Maintenance
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 326 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: 32% employee benefits None: 29%
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