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HVAC Technician Salary (United States)

Most HVAC Technicians in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $18.27 per hour,. Total incomes of HVAC Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $26K and $65K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by just over two-fifths. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
HVAC Technician Salary (?
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$29,614 - $68,836
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MEDIAN: $42,983
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HVAC Technician Salary (?
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$11.91 - $27.52
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,614 - $68,836  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,514  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
Commission
$394.53 - $9,850  
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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$25,668 - $65,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 262
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.91 - $27.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07 - $0.57  
Overtime
$17.95 - $42.95  
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 - $1,514  
   
Commission
$394.53 - $9,850  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,137  
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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$25,668 - $65,309  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,409
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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 who transition into an upper level HVAC Control Systems Technician role may receive a large increase in pay as the position often pays $51K per year. 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 $43K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for HVAC Technicians is a HVAC Installation Technician position, where earnings are usually $37K.

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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 of 14 percent, 14 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $33K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. HVAC Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. 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 $53K. More than half of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a fourth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining one-seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
Las Vegas
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Home to some of the best pay for HVAC Technicians, Boston offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like Baltimore, Denver, Phoenix, and New York, top-paying markets where HVAC Technicians rake in more than the national norm (+27 percent, +25 percent, +14 percent, and +9 percent). In Orlando, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (9 percent lower) and Las Vegas (5 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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System Repair
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Technical Services
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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HVAC System Design
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Maintenance
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 45%
vision benefits Vision: 30% employee benefits None: 29%