HVAC Technician


October 30, 2016


HVAC Technician Job Description

Heating and Air Conditioning Mechanics Install, service, and repair heating and air conditioning systems in residences and commercial establishments.

HVAC Technician Salary Statistics as of 2015

Average annual salary for a HVAC Technician is $41155 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest salary recorded was $63030. The lowest salary reported was $25627. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

Median hourly wage for a HVAC Technician is $20.46 based on statistics in the U.S. as of 2015. The highest hourly rate recorded was $31.34. The lowest hourly rate recorded was $12.74. These figures will vary on a state to state basis as these are averages across all 50 states.

Bonuses for a HVAC Technician are based on the years of experience using statistics from the U.S. as of 2015. The average bonus recorded was $0 from people with 15+ years of experience. The average bonus recorded was $0 from people with under 1 year of experience.

These are the highest paying states for a HVAC Technician. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
Alabama – $19,792 – $49,579
California – $29,441 – $100,605
Florida – $30,492 – $51,500
Georgia – $38,673 – $55,955
Ohio – n/a
Tennessee – $35,000 – $50,787
Texas – $21,725 – $58,175

These are the highest paying cities for a HVAC Technician. These numbers are based of the median annual salary as of 2015.
Houston, Texas –
Atlanta, Georgia –
Denver, Colorado –
Nashville, Tennessee –
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –
Austin, Texas –
Minneapolis, Minnesota –

This chart outlines the average annual salary of a HVAC Technician from the past 5 years. In 2015 the average annual salary was $41155 while in 2007 it was just $38166.43

How To Become a HVAC Technician

Technicians receive HVAC training either in high school, apprenticeships, college or the Armed Forces. Typically HVAC training takes six months to two years to finish. However, for individuals who go through formal apprenticeships, their training requires three to five years of training. In addition to HVAC training, apprenticeships offer on-the-job paid work and classroom instruction.
Technicians who graduate from formal apprenticeships start in the field working alone. However, others who don’t receive apprenticeship training may start out on the job assisting more experienced HVAC technicians.
All HVAC technicians must obtain a license to work. A license requires taking a test. However, specific requirements vary by state.

Work Enviornment

HVAC technicians primarily work with commercial, residential and industrial heating and air-conditioning systems. Technicians work depends on the time of season and specialization. For example, some HVAC technicians specialize in either maintenance and repair or installation. However, they are generally trained to complete both job tasks.

During the cold months, technicians focus on inspecting and performing repairs on heating and air-conditioning systems and their parts. For instance, a technician may overhaul compressors, check thermostats and diagnose problems with burner nozzles. In the summer months, technicians install systems and conduct maintenance on heating systems. A technician may replace ducts, filters or components that endure normal wear and tear during the colder months.

Regardless of the season or weather conditions, HVAC technicians are on-call to complete any emergency repairs such as a broken furnace or thermostat.
Working conditions depend on the employer. Technicians who are self-employed or work for service providers spend their time traveling to different job sites. Depending on the job, they may travel to residential property, office buildings and businesses. Sometimes, they receive a list of assigned jobs before they begin working or are dispatched during their workday Other technicians can work for a specific employer and handle HVAC tasks that occur at that specific location. For instance, a technician may work for at an office building handing HVAC repairs, installation and maintenance. Although HVAC technicians work 40 hours per week, sometimes they can work irregular hours during the weekend or evenings. Also, during their weekday, technicians can work outside or inside depending on the service call.

Job Outlook

The BLS reports that HVAC technicians employment openings is expected to grow 28 percent from 2008 to 2018. For anyone who is a problem solver and likes working with the public, a HVAC career may be one to pursue. Technicians are problem solvers who install, repair and maintain heating and air-conditioning systems. Also, they have the opportunity to earn a high salary.

Gender Statistics

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Based on our stats gathered across the U.S. 99% of HVAC Technicians were males while 1% were females. These numbers are based on averages across all states combined. Some individual states may have a much different ratio however.

Past Jobs

HVAC Service Technician
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Heating, Air Conditioning, or Refrigeration Mechanic / Installer
$24,085 – $59,122
HVAC Installation Technician
$24,594 – $58,073

Future Jobs

HVAC Mechanic
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HVAC Installation Technician
$24,594 – $58,073
HVAC Maintenance Technician
$26,139 – $59,533

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