HVAC Technician Salary (United States)

Most HVAC Technicians in the United States are men, earning an average of $18.27 per hour. The top of the range reaches $27.52, and the bottom approaches $11.91 per hour. Overall incomes of HVAC Technicians—including $1,514 bonuses, $10,137 profit sharing proceeds, and $9,850 commissions on the more lucrative end—ranges between $25,668 and $65,309. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field—about a third—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by around two-thirds and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. 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  
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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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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 may experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like HVAC Control Systems Technician may bring in a lot more money — an additional $9,554 annually. A HVAC Mechanic role is the most common promotion for HVAC Technicians moving up the ladder, and pay increases by $2,293 annually upon moving into this role. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for HVAC Technicians is a HVAC Installation Technician position, where earnings actually go down by $4,222.

HVAC Technician Job Listings

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Popular Skills for HVAC Technician

HVAC Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. It is often found that people who know Maintenance are also skilled 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Starting out, salaries fall in the $33K range but grow to $44K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $49K. As HVAC Technicians reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one-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 14 percent. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For HVAC Technicians, Boston provides a pay rate that is 35 percent greater than the national average. HVAC Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Baltimore (+27 percent), Denver (+25 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), and New York (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 19 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Workers in Philadelphia and Las Vegas earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-9 percent and -5 percent).

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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries

National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

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Technical Services
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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%
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