Men make up the majority of HVAC Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.66 per hour. Cash earnings for HVAC Technicians — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $10K from profit sharing — stretch from around $27K to approximately $65K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though years of experience and geographic location have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most HVAC Technicians. Although nearly one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than two-fifths get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,728 - $67,429
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$67K
MEDIAN: $42,886
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$12.53 - $29.02
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,728 - $67,429  
   
Bonus
$305.21 - $4,000  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $10,067  
Commission
$403.37 - $11,711  
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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$27,273 - $65,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 451
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.53 - $29.02  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.09 - $1.88  
Overtime
$18.66 - $43.39  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$305.21 - $4,000  
   
Commission
$403.37 - $11,711  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $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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$27,273 - $65,477  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,486
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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 a HVAC Service Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $65K per year. With an annual salary of $44K, HVAC Mechanic is the most common role for HVAC Technicians to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a HVAC Maintenance Technician role — which usually pays $39K — is also typical for HVAC Technicians, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Technician


The Trane Company, Sears Holdings Corporation, One Hour Air Conditioning and Heating, Comfort Systems Usa Inc, and ABM Industries, Inc. are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of HVAC Technicians. ABM Industries, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Technician


Survey takers working as HVAC Technicians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Customer Service, and Electronic Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Refrigeration and Equipment Maintenance. Those proficient in Maintenance are, more often than not, 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $45K. HVAC Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,503

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, 30 percent above the national average. HVAC Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+27 percent), Phoenix (+21 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and Los Angeles (+14 percent). With compensation 13 percent below the national average, Atlanta is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (10 percent less) and Austin (8 percent less).

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Experience Affects HVAC Technician Salaries




National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Technician Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 341 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
medical benefits
Vision: 36%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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