Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the fastest-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 by 2028—approximately 46,300 to be correct, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics projections.

Technicians will be desired for new construction and smart climate-control systems. They’ll also be needed to upgrade 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 good career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Examining and testing pieces and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in cramped spaces and extreme temperatures, since systems are often found 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as quick as six months or as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

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

You might also be able to become proficient 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 applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can vary depending on which kind of school you enroll at. You’ll also need to go over prices for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs collected 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 Bon Air Service Company?

HVAC techs are needed across the nation and in Grand Prairie. Call us at 972-332-1028 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with Bon Air Service Company.