HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the fastest-growing jobs in the nation.

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

Many more techs will be necessary within the next 10 years—about 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 need 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight areas and very high or low temperatures, since units are often found outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To begin 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 ask for 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 completed with training and are hired for your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change based on which kind of college you go to. You’ll also need to go over expenses 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 each year
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Liberty. Contact us at 816-286-7258 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling.

Back To Blog