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 nation.

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

A lot more techs will be required within the by 2028—about 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 a heightened requirement 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll service systems in homes and commercial locations.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and tuning up systems
  • Installing, repairing and replacing components
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to do your job in cramped areas and extreme temperatures, since equipment is often located 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.

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

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

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

Once you’ve finished with instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more skilled tech for added applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change dependent on which kind of classes you enroll at. You’ll also need to consider costs for books, materials and room and board, if you stay on campus.

Here are average HVAC tuition prices collected 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 Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are in demand across the nation and in Buellton. Contact us at 805-242-9638 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning.