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HVAC Technician Salary (United States)

Men account for the majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.23 per hour. 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. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for HVAC Technicians is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a little less than one-half receive dental plans. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
HVAC Technician Salary (?
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$29,361 - $68,691
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MEDIAN: $43,273
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HVAC Technician Salary (?
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$11.92 - $27.57
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,361 - $68,691  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,520  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
Commission
$486.05 - $10,000  
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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$25,671 - $65,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $27.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $0.57  
Overtime
$18.04 - $43.09  
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 - $1,520  
   
Commission
$486.05 - $10,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,067  
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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$25,671 - $65,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,551
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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 do not often transition into HVAC Control Systems Technician roles. The role averages $51K per year. More often than not, HVAC Mechanic role is the next step for HVAC Technicians moving up in the field. HVAC Mechanics usually make $44K per year. Many other HVAC Technicians choose to take on a HVAC Installation Technician role, where salaries are typically $37K.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Technician

HVAC Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 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.
For many HVAC Technicians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $33K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $44K. HVAC Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $53K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For HVAC Technicians, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+28 percent), Denver (+22 percent), New York (+22 percent), and Phoenix (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Las Vegas (5 percent lower) and Austin (1 percent lower).

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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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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 282 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

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: 31% employee benefits None: 29%