Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the most rapidly growing careers in the United States.

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

Thousands more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be correct, 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 requirement 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 proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing pieces and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in small areas and extreme 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.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen your HVAC understanding and competencies.

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

Once you’re done with instruction and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for additional hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ based on which kind of classes you enroll at. 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 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 Breathe Healthier Air?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Stuart. Call us at 772-600-7151 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Breathe Healthier Air.