Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States.

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.

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

Technicians will be required 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 stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in residences and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in tight areas and intense temperatures, since systems are often situated 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.

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

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

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

Once you’re completed with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change dependent on which kind of school you attend. 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 gathered 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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Ellsworth. Contact us at 715-318-6728 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC.