Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

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

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.

Thousands 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 needed for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to improve or replace equipment to meet a growing need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

As a tech, you’ll handle equipment in residences and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Examining and testing pieces and systems

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

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

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

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

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

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

Once you’ve finished with training and get your first job, you may be paired with a more skilled tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Thedford. Contact us at 519-296-4437 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning.