HVAC or heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are found in many places from homes and offices to schools and hospitals. The systems are responsible for regulating the quality of the air as well as the temperature. Additionally, they can be paramount to the safe handling of food and medicine.
The HVAC technician is responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining these systems. Their job includes being an engineer and a mechanic combined. They perform a service that is vital to many.
Heating and air conditioning technicians are among those in a career field with the opportunity for substantial earnings. The pay scale will increase with the level chosen in this field. The levels increase as more education and certification and licensing is obtained.
The Salary Levels of Technicians
The average earning for a non-certified technician who works under the supervision of a certified technician is about $25,000 a year. However, this is in preparation for certification, which will generate more earnings. This is considered an entry level position.
A certified technician will make on average from $30,000 to $55,000 per year. The amount will increase with the additional education that is required when choosing a particular aspect of the profession. If the field chosen is HVAC sales, which most suppliers require their sales staff to be a certified air conditioning technician, they can expect to earn $100,000 on average per year. This may be dependent on the experience they have gained in sales.
The residential HVAC Service technician has the potential to make $72,000 annually. They are responsible for repairing HVAC products for residential customers and customer service is a large part of this position. Additionally, they may promote the products and services provided by the company, which has a direct effect on the profits.
A commercial HVAC Service technician may frequently be on call. They are responsible for the repair and maintenance of commercial heating and air conditioning systems. They must also have excellent customer service skills and be proficient at paperwork.
The commercial HVAC Service technician will often have the added responsibility of selling the products and services for the company they work for to commercial customers. This includes existing customers and new customers.
Many companies consider NATE certification an added benefit when hiring a commercial HVAC Service technician and this can result in more earnings. The typical salary for this position can range from $49,000 to $100,000 per year. Many times it is dependent on the area of the country in which the technician works and the job title.
The average salary of an HVAC technician will obviously dependent upon several factors. The experience, the education and specialization are determining factors that will allow a higher salary. New technologies are becoming a field that many technicians are considering. Solar energy is one that is being focused on and a new climate control technology. Since there is not a lot of competition in this field, salaries are higher.