Hey folks, what is an HVAC techniciansstarting salary? Thats what we are going to discuss todayon Fox Family Heating Air and Solar. IntroIf this is your first time watching our channel, please click the subscribe button. If you click the bell next to it youllbe notified of all of our new videos as its released. The first thing you need to know is, in thetrades like HVAC if you have a great personality, are clean cut, responsible, will get to workon time, and not drink alcohol or smoke weed on the job, youll probably go far in hisfield.Its a job that will keep you fit and strongbecause your carrying, lifting, pushing, squatting, climbing all around during your shift! Its also a job that never seems to be thesame day in and day out, which is what I absolutely love about HVAC. So, The US Bureau of Labor Statistics saythe need for HVAC techs is going to grow by 15% until 2026. At the same time there is major shortage ofblue-collar workers to fill those HVAC spots. Why is that? Is it because our parents have been tellingus since day 1 that we have to college and get a degree if we want to make somethingof ourselves? I think that might be it actually.Since my childhood growing up in the 80s,I have definitely witnessed the increase in white collar jobs out there. And those jobs today most likely need somesort of degree. I get it. However, I think the Baby Boomers and GenerationXers are making the push for that kind of thinking in their children. A mindset that has almost ignored the factthat we still have to flush toilets, turn on the heater, and sometimes fix our appliances,or run pipes for sprinkler systems. All jobs that do not require a college degree. Not only does it not require a college degree,but you wont have a crazy $15,000 college tuition to pay for when you do finally geta job. Skilled trades are acquired. Handed down from generation to generation. In my opinion, HVAC techs learn the best fromon the job training.Nothing substitutes learning out in the field. For those of you thinking about going to tradeschool, thats fine, but here I am and I didnt have to go to trade school. Now, one thing you need to keep in mind aboutHVAC technicians is there are so many types of HVAC jobs. I would say, Service techs, installers, andmaintenance techs are the HVAC jobs you probably think of the most when you think about gettinginto our field. But warehouses, need workers to supply thosetechnicians with the equipment they need. So maybe youd like to get into HVAC andwork in the distributors warehouse. You name a brand of HVAC equipment and thereis probably a supply warehouse in your area that carries that equipment and all the partsit needs for servicing. Your probably going to get a $10 to $15 anhour job working in the warehouses, but hey, you wont be crawling around attics either! In California we have Title 24 Techniciansthat act as a third-party verification technician who comes out at the end of all our jobs andverifies proper return air, refrigerant charges, andduct leakage.These guys are making hourly rates like $12.00plus they get a monetary bonus for each actual job they test. These guys are making good money, but theydrive to hell and back all over the state trying to get to their next job to make thatmoney. Looong days during the busy season, and shortdays of work in the slow times. Another HVAC job is Home Performance.Technicians deal with the whole house performanceand try to get existing homes to perform better for their customers by sealing up air gapsand penetrations to make the house less leaky. These techs usually work off commission. They are salesy type technicians selling aconcept of home performance. And the jobs they sell promise lots of rebatesfor the customer and a good salary for the technician. Ive already told you guys this, but whenI started out in the HVAC industry, I was 35 years old and had just left my job as abartender for 15 years where I was making really good money. Around $75,000 a year. But for me it was time to get out of thatindustry and move up to a real job. Because I was a mechanic in the Air Forceback in the 90s, I already knew I had an inclination for the mechanical field.Working with tools came pretty natural forme. So, I found my first HVAC job at one of thebig companies around here. The advantages of starting at a company likea bigger company, are steady work, for one. As an installer I was literally installingevery single day. It was grueling hard work sometimes, but Iwasnt at home sitting on my butt either. In 2010, they started me out at $10 an hour(pauseand stare) but I knew if they saw my work ethic, I wouldget a raise soon. And I did! I got my EPA and my 410A certificates whichgot me an extra $2 an hour, so within a month I was already at $12. A few months later, after they saw my workand how dependable I was, they gave me another couple dollars an hour which brought me upto $14. I was working for the install department at the time and had just been bumped up to $16 an hour beforeI started asking to go into the service side of the field. Well, my install manager wasnt having it.Instead she offered me a position as leadinstaller, running my own jobs for another $2 an hour. So, after one year I was making $18 as anHVAC technician. A couple months later I got up to $20 an hour. And maybe even on to $21.00 an hour. But naturally, my inclination was to moveover to the service side where most techs want to work. In order to do that my company made me goall the way back to $14 an hour so I could prove to them I knew the service side. So, once again I just had to keep workinghard and proving myself to get back up to about $18 an hour before I quit and startedmy own company. The crappy part of working for big companiesis this company had a ceiling of $25 an hour which is barely higher than the national averageof 22.00 an hour for HVAC techs.But take my technicians for example, theymake 20-27 an hour have opportunities throughout the day to make extra money on system add-onsthat we really think will help the system last longer and be safer for our customersfamily. They also sell complete systems while theyare out in the field. If a system is sold by those techs they geta percentage of the sale. In our case its 6% of the sale. Our techs love that big pay day when it hits! And now with us installing solar, their salestickets are getting bigger and their commission on a 20,000 solar sale on top of a 10,000HVAC sale really starts adding up. We currently have a tech that is getting readyto propose a 78,000 dollar job to a customer of ours for over 30kW of solar.If it sells, hell make over $4,600 commissionon just one job. Thats crazy! But back to when I started. Even when I got to $20 an hour, I knew I couldntgo any higher than $25 at my company. This is eventually what made me start lookingoutside of that company and onto bigger pay. So, thats just my story. So many technicians before and after me willhave a different story about how they got into the field and everything. And their starting salaries were probablydifferent than mine, probably higher starting pay for sure! I know of techs who started working at thestate for 18.00 an hour plus full benefits. But for the most part, HVAC Apprentices workersstart in the field around 16.50 an hour. On a national scale, the highest paying areasfor seasoned techs are the District of Columbia at $32 an hour. Alaska, Hawaii, Illinois, and Connecticutare right at the $30 an hour mark on average. The states with the highest number of newopenings for HVAC mechanics and installers are Florida, California, Texas, New York,Arizona and Nevada. If you are coming into this field green, youmay need to start at the bottom and work your way up.This is the best way anyways because thenyou get to learn how your new company does things instead of trying to break you of old habits you may have learned at another company. Once again, its called the trades for a reason. And – Its a learning process. Well guys, good luck and stay with your dreams. I told you about the lack of techs in thisfield because I want you to be armed with that knowledge as you negotiate your pay.I mean theres always people out there whowill take your job and do it for less. But its a rarity someone wants to workas hard as an HVAC technician. Thanks for watching, and well see you onthe next video!.