Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

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

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

Many more techs will be needed within the by 2028—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Inspecting and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight spaces 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 begin 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 require NATE certification, which helps further develop your HVAC expertise and competencies.

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

Once you’re completed with education and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 Air Houston Mechanical LLC?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Huffman. Reach us at 832-777-1521 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Air Houston Mechanical LLC.