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 U.S..

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—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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a heightened requirement 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 enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to complete your work in cramped spaces and very high or low temperatures, since units are often situated 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.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further deepen 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 education and are hired for your first job, you may be matched up with a more knowledgeable tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Costs can vary depending on which kind of classes you attend. You’ll also need to consider prices for books, materials and room and board, if you reside on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition expenses 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 B & G HVAC?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Marshalltown. Reach us at 641-323-1210 or send us a message to learn more about jobs with B & G HVAC.