Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the U.S..

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.

Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—around 46,300 to be precise, 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 update or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC means heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a good career if you like mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service equipment in homes and commercial settings.

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since units are often found outside.

man working with HVAC equipment

How Long Does it Take to Become an HVAC Technician?

To start, you’ll need a high school diploma or GED.

Classes 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 require 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 done with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more knowledgeable tech for added practical learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can differ based on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to consider expenses for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses compiled 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 Cool Power LLC ?

HVAC techs are in demand across the U.S. and in Ronkonkoma. Call us at 631-246-4029 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Cool Power LLC .