HVAC technician working

Do HVAC Technicians Make Good Money?

Not only does HVAC include a good salary, it’s one of the quickest-growing occupations in the nation.

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 required within the next 10 years—approximately 46,300 to be exact, 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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased need for energy efficiency and pollution reduction.

What Do HVAC Techs Do?

HVAC signifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning. It’s a a great career if you enjoy mechanics, are patient and accomplished in critical thinking.

As a tech, you’ll work on units in residences and commercial settings.

Some of your work may include:

  • Installing, cleaning and servicing equipment
  • Installing, repairing and replacing parts
  • Taking a look at and testing parts and equipment

As an HVAC technician, you should be able to do your job in small spaces and very high or low temperatures, since equipment is often situated 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 short as six months or as long as two years. Courses are available at technical/trade schools or community colleges.

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

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

Once you’re completed with training and land your first job, you may be paired with a more experienced tech for extra hands-on learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Prices can vary 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 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 Gordon Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after across the U.S. and in Crestview. Contact us at 850-250-0335 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Gordon Air Conditioning.

Back To Blog