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How much do ac technicals make a year

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John R’s Answer

Good question Gabe. When a person states "based on experience". You want to ensure you not just "proficient" but Highly Proficient.

You want to explore apprenticeships that are truly an apprenticeship, meaning they are sponsored and or approved the that states Department of Labor, whether it is union or non-union.

In a sponsored program the apprentice wage rated is a based on a percentage of the journeyperson's rate and in your fourth year you are typically earning a journeyperson's wage.

The best benefits and wages are typically with organized labor. However, long-term job security and stability is with institutions like colleges, universities and hospitals at a slightly lower wage.

Fair Warning - On average about 60% of Residential HVAC work is Sales, selling the recommendations you make. Likewise in most companies a considerable amount of your compensation (spiffs and bonus) is based on your Sales. So while technical skills are required, Soft Skills and interacting with the public is just as important, and in most instances paramount.

Just being honest, hope this alternative explanation helps. Have a great Day,

John

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John R’s Answer

Good question Gabe. When a person states "based on experience". You want to ensure you not just "proficient" but Highly Proficient.

You want to explore apprenticeships that are truly an apprenticeship, meaning they are sponsored and or approved the that states Department of Labor, whether it is union or non-union.

In a sponsored program the apprentice wage rated is a based on a percentage of the journeyperson's rate and in your fourth year you are typically earning a journeyperson's wage.

The best benefits and wages are typically with organized labor. However, long-term job security and stability is with institutions like colleges, universities and hospitals at a slightly lower wage.

Fair Warning - On average about 60% of Residential HVAC work is Sales, selling the recommendations you make. Likewise in most companies a considerable amount of your compensation (spiffs and bonus) is based on your Sales. So while technical skills are required, Soft Skills and interacting with the public is just as important, and in most instances paramount.

Just being honest, hope this alternative explanation helps. Have a great Day,

John

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Timothy’s Answer

Heating and Air conditioning technicians in my area, Texas, typically earn a comparable salary to other skilled trades like auto mechanics or plumbers. Service technicians can often earn much more through sales bonuses or commission at larger companies, when Installers in an entry level position usually earn a comparable hourly rate to retail employees.
Numbers will change over time, and south Florida is known to be one of the lower paying HVAC markets, while California is one of the highest. In 2020, some California technicians are starting close to $18/hr while it's around $15 in Texas, and below $10 in Puerto Rico, for a few areas that have shared actual numbers.
Despite the low hourly rates, the higher incomes per year are due to overtime and commission. Website Glassdoor.com also has good salary research. You also should take into account, many companies make you buy your own tools ($2k-4k).

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Mignon’s Answer

Hello Gabe,
I'm a 34 year veteran of the HVAC industry in Southern CA. Mignon is my girlfriend and asked me to help with some HVAC specific questions. The United Association is the Foremost in US labor unions for HVAC service and construction. If looking into the craft, bargaining agreements and wages are typically posted for each local throughout the US on each locals website. Whether looking into sales, operations, field work or management, I've found the industry to be very rewarding and lucrative. Training is important and as John has written above, Department of Labor Approved Programs are usually excellent training programs. In Southern CA a typical Journey worker in Service earns 100-200k a year on average.

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James’s Answer

Starting out usually between 15-18 an hour Depends how much school and experience.

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Ann’s Answer

Hello Gabe,

Thanks for the question! Salary can vary based on state and region. I recommend checking out the site onetonline.org. It gives great data on salary information for various jobs, and it will even give you salary information based in location. Hope this helps!

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