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 most up-to-date report from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A lot more techs will be needed 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet an increased demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a an ideal career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and units

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to complete your work in cramped areas and intense temperatures, since units 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 short as six months or take as long as two years. Instruction is available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also ask for 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’re completed with education and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can differ depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you live on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition costs 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 Central Air LLC?

HVAC techs are needed across the U.S. and in Brookfield. Call us at 203-357-5913 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Central Air LLC.