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HVAC Technician Salary in United States

HVAC companies need your help & are willing to A LOT for it! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for an HVAC technician is $23.38 per hour, which makes it around $50,000 year-round. 

HVAC Career Overview

Average Salary

$54,690 ($26.29/hr)

Overtime

$7,000 a year

Job Growth

50,000 new jobs by 2026

Benefits

401K, PTO, Health Insurance +

Is HVAC a good Career?

If you're looking for a career change, then becoming an HVAC technician might just be the perfect fit. As one of America's most sought-after industries with amazing benefits and opportunities to grow, an HVAC job will provide great pay and hours that will provide you with time to spend with your family.  It's clear why people choose HVAC over all other industries!

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So, how much does HVAC make?

HVAC technicians have amazing salaries ranging from $20 per hour for entry-level technicians, up to  $60 per hour once you build up experience -- so what do these numbers mean? Continue reading to see how much you will be making as an HVAC technician. 

We'll break it down for you by city, state, experience, HVAC training, and HVAC Certifications, so you can maximize your HVAC Salary.

Considering an industry other than HVAC? No problem, we'll help you get started with any industry. 

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HVAC Technician Salary: Years of Experience

Become an expert in your field and make more than $70,000 as an HVAC tech! 

Very experienced HVAC technicians can make over $100,000, and technicians that start their own HVAC companies can make WAY beyond that. 

We will go over how to further maximize job growth as an HVAC technician. 

Years of experience

Annual Salary

Entry Level

$48,000

2 - 4 years

$53,000

4 - 6 years

$70,000

10 + years

$79,000

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Is HVAC Worth the Career?

Yes! The average hourly wage for HVAC technicians is almost $25/hr (and constantly increasing), which means you can look forward to a successful career. With this kind of money coming into your bank account every single hour you work - it's worth taking up the trade!

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How much do HVAC techs make by State

While the United States' average HVAC salaries are around $50,000 a year, There is quite bit of variation from state-to-state.

State

Average Salary

Alabama

$53,700

Alaska

$63,000

Arizona

$57,100

Arkansas

$50,700

California

$64,200

Colorado

$57,000

Connecticut

$62,200

Delaware

$57,300

Florida

$53,700

Georgia

$54,400

Hawaii

$59,800

Idaho

$51,800

Illinois

$57,000

Iowa

$54,100

Kansas

$56,700

Kentucky

$56,500

Louisiana

$54,600

Maine

$58,400

Maryland

$59,400

Massachusetts

$65,300

Michigan

$57,400

Minnesota

$59,900

Mississippi

$51,700

Missouri

$55,200

Montana

$52,000

Nebraska

$55,200

Nevada

$56,300

New Hampshire

$58,700

New Jersey

$60,500

New Mexico

$53,600

New York

$63,200

North Carolina

$63,200

North Dakota

$53,000

Ohio

$55,300

Oklahoma

$53,400

Oregon

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

Wyoming

$58,900

 $58,500

$54,300

$53,400

$57,100

$54,200

$54,900

$55,100

$55,100

$61,100

$51,300

$56,800

$52,000

State
City

High Paying Cities for HVAC Technicians

Denver, CO

Salary

$61,000 per year

Atlanta, GA

Salary

$60,800 per year

Austin, TX

Salary

$60,201 per year

Charlotte, NC

Salary

$59,150 per year

Houston, TX

Salary

$59,140 per year

Phoenix, AZ

Salary

$58,980 per year

Las Vegas, NV

Salary

$57,100 per year

Salt Lake City, UT

Salary

$57,100 per year

San Antonio, TX

Salary

$54,690 per year

What exactly does an HVAC technician do?

HVAC is a funny word for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Cooling. As an HVAC technician, you'll install, maintain, repair, or replace air conditioners, climate control systems, heating equipment, ventilation units, refrigeration equipment, and more. It'll be your responsibility to make sure people stay cool in hot weather and warm during wintertime!

How can HVAC experience help you increase your salary?

It's no surprise that experience level with HVAC systems will have a huge impact on your salary. The average hourly wage for an individual who has worked in this industry can be seen below!

Entry-Level HVAC Technician: The average salary for an entry-level HVAC technician is around $18/hr but quickly rises after the first year. 

 

Mid-Level HVAC Technician: The average salary for an HVAC with some experience is around $23/hr. 

Senior-Level HVAC Technician: The average salary for a senior HVAC technician is around $28/hr.

HVAC Manager: The average salary for an HVAC manager is around $33/hr. 

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How you can increase your HVAC Salary 

HVAC Certifications
EPA 608 Certification

Most companies require their HVAC technicians to have this certification. This certification is by the Environmental Protection Agency and allows technicians to handle Refrigerants. 
NATE Certifications

NATE Ready to Work: A certificate that verifies an HVAC Technicians Ability to work as an entry-level technician

NATE Support Technician Certificate: Prove your skills 6 months into the HVAC Industry

Nate Core and Specialty Tests
: NATE Certification has 2 pathways. Applies to technicians with more than 2 years of experience. 

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Continue learning new skills & keep up to date with new technology

As an HVAC Technician, you will constantly work on new projects and equipment. Make sure you stay up to date and complete the HVAC training that's available to you. To grow your HVAC career, you'll have to continue growing your skillset as well!
 
Start your own HVAC company
Once you have enough experience as an HVAC technician, you can start your own HVAC company. To do so you want to make sure you have both sales and management experience from your past experience. Your earnings are limitless when you run your own HVAC company. If you are interested in starting your own HVAC company and don't know where to start fill out this form & download our app. We will match you with an HVAC entrepreneur to walk you through the steps!
 
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  • How does an online career fair work?
    Our online HVAC career fair works just like an in-person fair, but online. Each company has a zoom room that you can join to ask questions, do an interview, or hear more about the company. The best part is that you can do all of this from your home! No booth lines, packed rooms, or travel time.
  • How do I get hired and send in my resume?
    Resumes are the old way to find a job. After you register for the career fair, fill out your profile. From your profile, employers will be able to see your schooling, experience, and skills! What is more important is the SkillCat assessment. It will test you on your HVAC skills and provide recruiters with a detailed summary of your ability. Do great in the evaluation, and your job prospects will look great!
  • Who is this event for?
    The online career fair is for companies and workers in the HVAC industry. We are mainly focusing on HVAC technicians since they are in such high demand right now. Still, companies will be hiring for other HVAC positions as well!
  • How will I talk to recruiters during the event?
    Each company will have a zoom room, which will remain open during the event. You can pop into a room at any time during the fair to talk with the recruiter. Companies will also be hosting 15-minute presentations throughout the fair if you wanted to learn more about them.
  • Is there a schedule for the event?
    Yes! The event is from 9 am - 3 pm PST. From 9-10 am, there will be an introduction and talks from two keynote speakers. At 10 am, the conference will break up into over 25 different rooms. A recruiter will host each room. Pop into the rooms that look interesting to you and introduce yourself to the recruiter. Simple as that! From 12-12:30 pm PST, there will be a short break. After that, we will split into rooms again, and that will go until 3 pm.
  • Do I have to attend all 6 hours?
    It is excellent if you can attend all 6 hours, but no, you don't have to stay the entire time. We created the career fair so that you can join and leave rooms at any time. The flexibility of Zoom rooms lets you explore companies or take a break if you need one.
  • Can I join the conference on my phone?
    Yes! The conference will be hosted over zoom. All you have to do is download the zoom app before the event, and then click the invite when you want to join. We recommend joining with video on, and your microphone muted. Muting your microphone prevents unwanted background noise, but unmute it whenever you have a question or want to talk!
  • Couldnt find what you were looking for?
    Send us an email at eric[at]skillcatapp[dot]com Those weird brackets are just so the email doesnt get a lot of spam.
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