Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

November 19, 2019

Not only does HVAC pay well, it’s one of the most rapidly 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.

Thousands more techs will be needed within the next decade—about 46,300 to be correct, 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 upgrade or replace equipment to meet a growing demand for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

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

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

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and maintaining units
  • Installing, repairing and replacing pieces
  • Taking a look at and testing components and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you need to be able to complete your work in cramped spaces and extreme temperatures, since units are 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.

Education to become an HVAC technician can be as brief as six months or as lengthy 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 pick up skills through an apprenticeship, which can last three to five years.

Once you’re done with instruction and get your first job, you may work with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can change based on which kind of school 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 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 Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Carpentersville. Contact us at 224-412-8308 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc.