Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

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

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.

Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be precise, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on equipment in houses and commercial places.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Inspecting and testing components and systems

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since systems 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 take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also need NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC knowledge 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 get your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can change dependent on which kind of school you attend. You’ll also need to go over costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices 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 Eco Fresh HVAC Inc.?

HVAC techs are needed nationwide and in Anaheim. Call us at 714-855-1717 or send us a message to learn more about openings with Eco Fresh HVAC Inc..