HVAC Techs

Salary Information:
$16.19 (entry level) - $37.22 (experienced) / hourly

What it is:
Can’t decide between a career in mechanical systems or electronics? HVAC cover sit all!  Motors, compressors, pumps, fans, thermostats, and computerized switches control systems in residential, commercial and industrial structures.  Technicians can also specialize in specific equipment, such as hydronics (water-based heating systems), solar panels or commercial refrigeration.

Work Environment:
HVAC Techs work on hospitals, schools, data centers, and a wide range of other commercial projects.  HVAC Techs work indoors, but can start as soon as the structure is erected.

Education Opportunities:
Students can start in high school, where programs are available, and continue training at technical schools, community colleges, registered apprenticeships or industry training programs.

Good hand-eye coordination, physical dexterity, mechanical and mathematical aptitude.  Some states may require licensure.


  • HVAC Techs can make, on average, almost $55,080 per year!
  • HVAC Techs typically will work on one project for an extended period of time before moving on to the next job.