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HVAC R Technician Salary and Future Job Outlook

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems. HVAC R technicians work mostly in homes, schools, hospitals, office buildings, or factories. Learn more about HVAC R Technician salary potential and future job outlook.
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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 in 2020 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.

Learn More About HVAC-R Salary and Job Outlook from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

What is HVAC R certification?

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:

  • Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation (TDLR)
  • Registered ACR Technician License
  • EPA License (training & testing are included in our program)
  • How long does it take to become a HVAC Technician?

    Join Austin Career Institute and earn your Medical Assistant certificate in about 8 months!

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    What will I learn as a HVAC-R student?

    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.

    Am I qualified for financial aid?

    We offer financial aid to qualified students, so make sure you are eligible!
    Interested applicants can apply today and receive a free consultation about grants funding.

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