How Much Do HVAC Technicians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

HVAC Technicians

HVAC Technicians install and repair industrial and commercial refrigerating systems.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$53410 per year
Hourly wage
$26 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$31,910 to $39,320 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$15 to $19 per hour

Entry-level Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $31,910 to $39,320 per year or $15 to $19 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $39 $80,820
Senior (Top 25%) $31 $64,350
Middle (Mid 50%) $24 $50,590
Junior (Bottom 25%) $19 $39,320
No experience (Bottom 10%) $15 $31,910

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $38 $79,630
DC $35 $73,460
HI $32 $65,640
WA $31 $65,180
MA $31 $64,760
CT $31 $64,370
MD $31 $63,990
CA $31 $63,560
NJ $31 $63,460
NY $30 $63,080

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Refrigeration Mechanic and Installer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like AK doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at AK might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid HVAC Technicians are in the states of AK, DC, HI, WA and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $80850 $38.87
Natural Gas Distribution $79320 $38.14
Telecommunications $73860 $35.51
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $73520 $35.35
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $70560 $33.92
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $69330 $33.33
Support Activities for Mining $68330 $32.85
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $67870 $32.63
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $67440 $32.42
Specialty Hospitals $67360 $32.38
Scientific Research and Development Services $67090 $32.25
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $67080 $32.25
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods $67000 $32.21
Postal Service (Federal Government) $66870 $32.15
Insurance Carriers $65990 $31.73
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $65680 $31.58
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers $65430 $31.45
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $65050 $31.27
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $64660 $31.09
Rail Transportation $64600 $31.06
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $64190 $30.86
Communications Equipment Manufacturing $64170 $30.85
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $63840 $30.69
Local Government $63610 $30.58
Chemical Manufacturing $62900 $30.24
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities $62740 $30.16
Scheduled Air Transportation $62450 $30.02
Management of Companies and Enterprises $62320 $29.96
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $61970 $29.80
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance $61820 $29.72

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