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 U.S..

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

Many more techs will be required within the next 10 years—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 update or replace equipment to meet an increased demand 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 love mechanics, are patient and proficient in critical thinking.

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

Some of your duties may include:

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

As an HVAC technician, you must be able to do your job in tight settings and intense temperatures, since units are often found 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.

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

Some companies might also require NATE certification, which helps further develop 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 training and get your first job, you may be matched up with a more experienced tech for additional applied learning.

How Much Does HVAC Training Cost?

Expenses can change dependent on which kind of college you attend. You’ll also need to consider costs 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 Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning?

HVAC techs are sought after nationwide and in Columbia. Reach us at 601-736-7362 or send us a message to learn more about careers with Watts Electrical & Air Conditioning.

Back To Blog