Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

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

The common 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 required within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be exact, 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 an increased 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 like mechanics, are patient and skilled in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in houses and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to work in cramped spaces and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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’re done with education and land your first job, you may work with a more knowledgeable tech for extra practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change dependent on which kind of classes you go to. You’ll also need to go over expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 AW Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Lincoln. Call us at 402-318-5351 or send us a message to learn more about careers with AW Heating & Air Conditioning.