HVAC Technician Salary

Male HVAC Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.15 per hour in the United States. Overall compensation packages to HVAC Technicians range from $28K on the low end to $67K on the high end; this includes bonuses that peak near $5K and profit sharing that approaches $15K, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $10K. While tenure and geographic location impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and a little less than one-half receive dental plans. The majority of HVAC Technicians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,292 - $66,564
$28K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,242
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$12.77 - $29.40
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$0$66K
Salary $28,292 - $66,564
Bonus $305.21 - $4,964
Profit Sharing $405.47 - $14,795
Commission $395.94 - $10,365
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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$27,857 - $66,957
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 454
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $12.77 - $29.40
Hourly Tips $0.09 - $1.26
Overtime $18.79 - $44.40
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $305.21 - $4,964
Commission $395.94 - $10,365
Profit Sharing $405.47 - $14,795
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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$27,857 - $66,957
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,547

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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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Though it's uncommon, some HVAC Technicians move into roles as HVAC Service Managers, where pay is an average $65K per year. As HVAC Technicians progress in their field, many go on to become HVAC Mechanics. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $44K per year. Another common career choice for HVAC Technicians is to move into a HVAC Maintenance Technician role. Typically, HVAC Maintenance Technicians get paid $39K.

HVAC Technician Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians fill the offices of leading firms The Trane Company, Sears Holdings Corporation, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, Comfort Systems Usa Inc, and Air Comfort, Inc. HVAC Technicians flock to ABM Industries, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $62K lead the pack in compensation. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks at The Trane Company ($58K), Mechanical Air Service ($51K), and One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating ($46K).

Also approaching the lower end are Air Comfort, Inc. at $39K, Sears Holdings Corporation at $40K, and Comfort Systems Usa Inc at $44K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


HVAC Technicians report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Customer Service, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Equipment Maintenance, Refrigeration, and Residential. For most people, competency in Maintenance indicates knowledge of Troubleshooting and Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Technician

Pay by Experience for an HVAC Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 1,532 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 773 salaries. An experienced HVAC Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $53,000 based on 767 salaries. An HVAC Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 360 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,507

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

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for HVAC Technicians, 27 percent above the national average. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+25 percent), Denver (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). In San Antonio, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Austin (10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

HVAC Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a HVAC Technician?

HVAC Technician in Providence:
"Technican."
Pros: Knowing you're getting 40 hours a week is nice.
Cons: Long hours, hot outside, bending over backwards on ladders to make things work, getting paid nothing to do it.

HVAC Technician in Frankfort:
"Fun, intriguing, constantly changing."
Pros: I like that it isnt monotonous. There is always something new or fun to do or figure out.
Cons: The hours can get pretty crazy with after-hours service calls.

HVAC Technician in Houston:
"Not for me."
Pros: Working with my hands and watching my work achieve something.
Cons: The responsibility and liability isn't worth it.

HVAC Technician in Rochester:
"N/A."
Pros: Work Flexibility Culture. Working conditions.
Cons: Slow groth in compensation.

HVAC Technician in Richmond:
Pros: What I like most about my job is that I can be me and it something that I really what to do.
Cons: There is no bad part about my job beside, it time consuming.

HVAC Technician in Salt Lake City:
"I like it a lot better than any other job Ive had."
Pros: The fact that it is a career, not just a job.
Cons: Working outside in the winter time.

HVAC Technician in Riyadh:
"Mechanical Maintenance Works."
Pros: HVAC work, AC installation, Split AC works.
Cons: Work delay.

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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 455 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries

▲33%

▲24%

▲7%

National Average
$43,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

▲11%

▲8%


Customer Service
▲6%



HVAC
▲4%



Plumbing
▲2%


National Average
$43,000

Maintenance
▼2%

Residential
▼4%

Refrigeration
▼12%

Equipment Maintenance
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 455 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
vision benefits
Vision: 37%
no benefits
None: 33%
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