Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC have a decent paycheck, it’s one of the quickest-growing jobs in the U.S..

The typical 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 decade—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 improve 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 an ideal career if you like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle units in houses and commercial locations.

Some of your responsibilities may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in tight settings and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated 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 take as long as two years. Classes are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require 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 land your first job, you may be matched up with a more skilled tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can differ dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to review costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Stieferman Heating Company Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Jefferson City. Contact us at 573-203-3908 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Stieferman Heating Company Inc.