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How Much Does An HVAC Technician Make In Every State: Updated For 2020 [Infographic]

How Much Does An HVAC Technician Make In Every State: Updated For 2020 [Infographic]

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Posted by Kindra K.

December 3, 2019

The Average HVAC Technician Salary & Job Growth (Updated For 2020)

StateAverage Hourly RateAnnual Tech Salary
Alabama - HVAC Technician Salary$18.77$39,042
Alaska - HVAC Technician Salary$39.48$82,118
Arizona - HVAC Technician Salary$22.83$47,486
Arkansas - HVAC Technician Salary$18.23$37,918
California - HVAC Technician Salary$35.36$73,549
Colorado - HVAC Technician Salary$29.33$61,006
Connecticut - HVAC Technician Salary$36.72$76,378
Delaware - HVAC Technician Salary$22.83$47,486
Florida - HVAC Technician Salary$19.84$41,267
Georgia - HVAC Technician Salary$20.18$41,974
Hawaii - HVAC Technician Salary$21.73$45,198
Idaho - HVAC Technician Salary$20.42$42,474
Illinois - HVAC Technician Salary$25.26$52,541
Indiana - HVAC Technician Salary$21.29$44,283
Iowa - HVAC Technician Salary$22.86$47,549
Kansas - HVAC Technician Salary$19.13$39,790
Kentucky - HVAC Technician Salary$21.75$45,240
Louisiana - HVAC Technician Salary$27.11$56,389
Maine - HVAC Technician Salary$22.30$46,384
Maryland - HVAC Technician Salary$32.09$66,747
Massachusetts - HVAC Technician Salary$39.27$81,682
Michigan - HVAC Technician Salary$23.10$48,048
Minnesota - HVAC Technician Salary$24.47$50,898
Mississippi - HVAC Technician Salary$20.38$42,390
Missouri - HVAC Technician Salary$20.09$41,787
Montana - HVAC Technician Salary$24.73$51,438
Nebraska - HVAC Technician Salary$22.02$45,802
Nevada - HVAC Technician Salary$23.95$49,816
New Hampshire - HVAC Technician Salary$25.37$52,770
New Jersey - HVAC Technician Salary$33.93$70,574
New Mexico - HVAC Technician Salary$22.22$46,218
New York - HVAC Technician Salary$23.41$48,693
North Carolina - HVAC Technician Salary$20.29$42,203
North Dakota - HVAC Technician Salary28.50$59,280
Ohio - HVAC Technician Salary$22.40$46,592
Oklahoma - HVAC Technician Salary$20.82$43,306
Oregon - HVAC Technician Salary$21.68$45,094
Pennsylvania - HVAC Technician Salary$22.22$46,218
Rhode Island - HVAC Technician Salary$35.94$74,755
South Carolina - HVAC Technician Salary$20.45$42,536
South Dakota - HVAC Technician Salary$23.89$49,691
Tennessee - HVAC Technician Salary$20.86$43,389
Texas - HVAC Technician Salary$21.37$44,450
Utah - HVAC Technician Salary$19.03$39,582
Vermont - HVAC Technician Salary$21.68$45,094
Virginia - HVAC Technician Salary$22.28$46,342
Washington - HVAC Technician Salary$27.74$57,699
West Virginia - HVAC Technician Salary$19.57$40,706
Wisconsin - HVAC Technician Salary$23.08$48,006
Wyoming - HVAC Technician Salary$26.22$54,538

For HVAC technicians, it’s all about comfort.

From the sweltering summers in Florida to the frozen winters in Wisconsin, an HVAC tech’s primary responsibility is making sure people are comfortable at their home or business.

HVAC business owners, however, need to make sure their

employees

are comfortable.

is tough, and so is retaining them. While there are tons of factors that influence whether an employee signs up with an HVAC business and stays for the long term, salary is at the top of that list.

That got us thinking—what are HVAC salaries across the United States?

We collected and analyzed thousands of HVAC job listing from Indeed.com in the entire year of 2019 to identify some key trends and insights about what HVAC employees are earning, where there are the most open positions, and other important information that’s helpful for both techs, owners, and operators.

*Note—HVAC positions include a wide range of jobs from apprentice to senior service specialist, and their salaries reflect that range.

How Much Does an HVAC Technician Make?

The average salary for an HVAC tech in the U.S. is $24.57 per hour.

HVAC employees come with diverse experience, expertise, business functions, and even cost of living needs. With that in mind, see below for average salary data:

Hourly average wage for hvac employees in every state

HVAC salary data by state:

  • Connecticut has the highest average salary at $52.93 per hour

  • Idaho has the lowest average salary at $22.22 per hour

  • Eight of the top ten states with the highest average salary are on the east coast

  • The bottom ten states in terms of average hourly rate vary by less than $3/hour, while the top ten states have a range spanning more than $9/hour

  • Iowa claims the median average salary for HVAC, coming in at $28.85/hour

Where does your state rank? Do you notice any trends?

In order to find the national average for HVAC technicians, we examined the full range of average salaries, from $8.63 all the way to $49.97 per hour, to find the weighted average of $23.86, mentioned earlier in this post.  

Again, this data represents a broad mix of job titles and functions—from administrative assistant to senior HVAC tech, so the salary range reflects that as well.

But, breaking the data down by location yields further insights. Take a look!

Average HVAC Salary Range in Every State

HVAC Hourly Pay Ranges In Every State

Salary range insights at a glance:

  • While Louisiana has the highest individual salary at $111.54/hr, the average salary of $27.57/hr ranks in the bottom third of the country

  • Connecticut is in the top four states in terms of highest individual salary ($75/hr) and average salary ($52.93)

  • Maryland has the lowest individual salary of $6.73/hr, but the second highest individual salary ($76.44/hr) in the country

  • Rhode Island and Massachusetts have the highest salary floor, with the lowest paying jobs posted at over $17/hr each.

What factors do you think influence the salary range by location? Demand for services? Cost of living?

HVAC Jobs Paying More Than $55,000 Per Year

Since the national average salary for HVAC is $24.57/hour, that means many employees are earning around $50,000 annually. So where are all

those

good-paying jobs?

We took a look at the number of job openings per state that are paying a salary of $55,000 or more.

The percentage of HVAC jobs that pay more than $55,000 per-year by state

Data insights at a glance:

  • New Hampshire has the highest percentage of high-paying jobs available, with nearly  24% of jobs paying $55,000/yr or more

  • Alaska has the lowest percentage of high-paying jobs available, with 16.36% of jobs paying $55,000/yr or more

  • At the time of writing, Florida has 4,791 HVAC available jobs posted on Indeed, with 19.68% of them offering more than $55,000/year

  • Alaska has only 110 jobs posted, with 16.36% offering $55,000/year or more

The top-10 states with the most HVAC jobs paying more than $55,000 per-year

Are you spending a lot on payroll compared to other areas of the county? You might be not be pricing your services correctly. Try viewing some

to see where you may be able to bring in some additional revenue.

The Cities with the Highest-Paid HVAC Positions in Every State

So all of the high-paying HVAC jobs will be in the largest city in each state, right? Wrong!

Interestingly, it’s not just all the major metropolitan areas of each state that offer the highest paying HVAC jobs—looking at you, Gaithersburg, MD.

Take a look at the cities with the highest average HVAC salaries in each state.

City, StateAverage Hourly RateAnnual Tech Salary
Danbury, CT - HVAC Technician Salary$52.93$110,094
Gaithersburg, MD - HVAC Technician Salary$49.02$101,961
San Francisco, CA - HVAC Technician Salary$45.77$95,202
Boston, MA - HVAC Technician Salary$43.20$89,856
Edison, NJ - HVAC Technician Salary$42.48$88,359
Philadelphia, PA - HVAC Technician Salary$42.45$88,296
Williston, VT - HVAC Technician Salary$42.43$88,254
Manchester, NH - HVAC Technician Salary$42.34$88,067
Miami, FL - HVAC Technician Salary$41.66$86,653
Anchorage, AK - HVAC Technician Salary$41.47$86,258
New York, NY - HVAC Technician Salary$40.45$84,136
Marietta, GA - HVAC Technician Salary$38.95$81,016
Grand Rapids, MI - HVAC Technician Salary$37.92$78,874
Warwick, RI - HVAC Technician Salary$36.93$76,814
Cincinnati, OH - HVAC Technician Salary$36.85$76,648
Providence, RI - HVAC Technician Salary$36.85$76,648
Littleton, CO - HVAC Technician Salary$35.92$74,714
Minot, ND/Williston, ND (Tie) - HVAC Technician Salary$35.00$72,800
Wilmington, DE - HVAC Technician Salary$33.84$70,387
Lafayette, IN - HVAC Technician Salary$33.10$68,848
Lenexa, KS - HVAC Technician Salary$32.97$68,578
Waukesha, WI - HVAC Technician Salary$32.63$67,870
Billings, MT - HVAC Technician Salary$30.94$64,355
Durham, NC - HVAC Technician Salary$30.71$63,877
Morgantown, WV - HVAC Technician Salary$30.11$62,629
Arlington, VA - HVAC Technician Salary$29.92$62,234
Sioux City, IA - HVAC Technician Salary$28.85$60,008
Saint George, UT - HVAC Technician Salary$28.78$59,862
Hillsboro, OR - HVAC Technician Salary$28.74$59,779
Montgomery, AL - HVAC Technician Salary$28.48$59,238
Broken Arrow, OK - HVAC Technician Salary$28.30$58,864
Seattle, WA - HVAC Technician Salary$28.24$59,739
Grand Island, NE - HVAC Technician Salary$28.17$58,594
Chicago, IL - HVAC Technician Salary$27.86$57,949
New Orleans, LA - HVAC Technician Salary$27.57$57,346
Charleston, SC - HVAC Technician Salary$27.49$57,179
Saint Paul, MN - HVAC Technician Salary$26.43$54,974
Scottsdale, AZ - HVAC Technician Salary$26.33$54,766
Reno, NV - HVAC Technician Salary$25.72$53,498
Sheridan, WY - HVAC Technician Salary$25.70$53,498
Santa Fe, NM - HVAC Technician Salary$25.45$52,936
Oahu Island, HI - HVAC Technician Salary$25.31$52,645
Chesterfield, MO - HVAC Technician Salary$25.00$52,000
Rapid City, SD - HVAC Technician Salary$24.96$51,917
Bentonville, AR - HVAC Technician Salary$24.73$51,438
Franklin, TN - HVAC Technician Salary$24.46$50,877
Lexington, KY - HVAC Technician Salary$23.89$49,691
Biloxi, MS - HVAC Technician Salary$23.82$49,546
Westbrook, ME - HVAC Technician Salary$23.78$49,462
Portland, ME - HVAC Technician Salary$19.61$40,789
Austin, TX - HVAC Technician Salary$22.58$46,966
Idaho Falls, ID - HVAC Technician Salary$22.22$46,218

Data insights at a glance:

  • Danbury, CT has the highest average salary for HVAC jobs

  • Idaho Falls, ID has the lowest  average salary for HVAC jobs

  • While major metropolitan cities like Boston, San Francisco, and Philadephia all rank in the top ten, so does Anchorage, AK

  • Lexington, KY ranks at the bottom of average salary, yet the state of Kentucky ranks in the top two in the highest percentage of available jobs offering $55,000/year or more

While the major cities seem to command generally higher rates, there is plenty of opportunity in small cities to earn a great wage.


Guide to HVAC Salaries in the United States

Wages are a huge part of the profitability of an HVAC business. They’re essential to the pricing, deliverability, and marketing efforts of the business. Wages are also crucial to the employee side in terms of talent acquisition, retention, and overall job satisfaction.

Finding the middle ground is a tightrope walk for HVAC owners and managers, and we hope that this HVAC salary data on the national scale helps put things into perspective.

Wages, of course, are just one of the tough challenges HVAC business owners need to tackle. They have to deal with invoicing, dispatch, marketing, and payment process—just to name a few. Housecall Pro is the premier solution to help grow your business, create operational efficiency, and create loyal customers.

Next Steps: How to hire HVAC technicians

Now that you know the lay of the land regarding salary across the country, are you ready to grow your HVAC business? Take the next step to hiring some new techs by crafting the perfect

to get underway!

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Full infographic showing HVAC Salaries in every state

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