Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the United States.

The typical pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be required within the next decade—approximately 46,300 to be exact, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be required for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to update or replace equipment to meet an increased requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service units in homes and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in small settings and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often found outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with instruction and land your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary depending on which kind of college you enroll at. You’ll also need to review prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs gathered by Midwest Technical Institute:

  • Technical/trade school: up to $15,000
  • Community college: around $5,000 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at House of Heating Incorporated?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Marshfield. Contact us at 715-384-3163 or send us a message to learn more about openings with House of Heating Incorporated.