Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing careers in the U.S..

The common pay for HVAC techs was $47,619 in 2018, according to the newest report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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

Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade 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 systems in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to work in small areas and very high or low temperatures, since units are often located 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.

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

Some companies might also ask for NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise 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 paired with a more experienced tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ depending on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

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

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

Interested in an HVAC Career at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Genoa. Reach us at 847-306-8990 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Assured Appliance and Heating & Air.