Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation.

The common 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.

Thousands more techs will be needed within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be correct, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in houses and commercial places.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since units are often situated outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

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

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as short as six months or 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 deepen your HVAC knowledge and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with instruction and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary based on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses collected by Midwest Technical Institute:

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

Interested in an HVAC Career at Airmen HVAC Service?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Montoursville. Call us at 570-322-3131 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Airmen HVAC Service.