HVAC R Technician Salary and Job Outlook
HVAC R Technicians who are professionally trained and certified are sought after for residential and commercial work on heating, ventilation, air conditioning as well as refrigeration. It's not possible to perform these functions without training on the old as well as new systems found in homes, apartment buildings, businesses, factories, hospitals and government offices. Apprentices usually earn about half of the wage paid to experienced workers. As they learn to do more, their pay increases.
Most HVAC-R Technicians work for HVAC R services companies and manufacturers. Some work for small and large HVAC R businesses servicing homes, apartments and businesses. In time, some technicians will strike out on their own to create their own HVAC R services business. From new construction to retrofitting old installations, HVAC R technicians are in high demand because of their highly specialized skills.
The median annual wage for HVAC R Technicians was $48,630 in May 2021.
The median pay per hour before overtime was $23.38 in May 2021.
The majority of HVAC R technicians work full time. Evening or weekend shifts may be required, and HVAC R technicians often work overtime or irregular hours during peak heating and cooling seasons. Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030. About 38,500 openings for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are projected each year, on average, nationwide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Austin Career Institute offers a HVAC R certification program that combines classroom instruction with hands-on training. The program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the HVAC R industry. Graduates are qualified to apply for:
HVAC-R stands for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration.
Austin Career Institute offers industry-leading HVAC-R training programs that are designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in the industry.
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