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 United States.

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

Many more techs will be required within the by 2028—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 improve or replace equipment to meet a growing requirement for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC stands for heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll handle systems in residences and commercial locations.

Some of your duties may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Inspecting and testing components and units

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped settings and intense temperatures, since equipment is 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.

Schooling to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or take as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further broaden your HVAC understanding and competencies.

You might also be able to become proficient through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’ve finished with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change depending on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to review prices 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 annually
  • Apprenticeship: $500—$2,000

Interested in an HVAC Career at True Temp Heating & Air Inc?

HVAC techs are in demand nationwide and in Chatsworth. Call us at 706-695-7492 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with True Temp Heating & Air Inc.