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    Average service tech. hourly rate?

    can anyone help me what is the average starting hourly pay for a service technician straight out of hvac program with no work experience?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric555 View Post
    can anyone help me what is the average starting hourly pay for a service technician straight out of hvac program with no work experience?

    Well...here in N.J. depending on a lot of variables....what program? valid DL? what other job expierences do you have? were you the top of your class? was it a apprenticeship program?

    going out on a limb...and...I'm guessing...but usually somewhere around $2.00-$4.00 over minimum wage. the rest is up to you...

    Good luck!!!


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    fresh out of trade school, commercial $12 to $16, residential $10 to $14. if I was in your position, I wouldn't take less than $12.

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    depending on the company i have seen offerings between $9 to $13 for residential, commercial about the same but up to $16.

    the company at $9 didnt care if you were freash out of school or 10 years expirience. but they are quick to yell at you on an interveiw about how they cant keep a good tech for more then 5 months but its not there falt, it is the competition paying more trying to cut at his profets.

    the company i saw at $16 (refrigeration) hired someone, and good thing i passed on it. the person was laid off after 4 months. buisness took a dive big time and it was time to let the new guy go.

    when i was in school i told fellow students in reality expect $11.50 to $13.00 cause the school telling you freash out you will be a tech at $30. aint gonna happen unless you are that lucky to get that ONE job out that comes along and everbody is applying for.

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    Thank yall so much for the replies. Im from north carolina and i went for my first interview yesterday and the manager told me that all he could offer was 8 dollar an hour. wich i thought was kind of low but i know i have to start somewhere, but this is why i chose the hvac field because i am ready to get away from the 8 dollars an hour price and make a good career. i dont have any work experience just my school experience where i recieved my diploma, my universal CFC certification, and also got certified in Scotsman ice machines. This was the first interview and i got offered the job and i took it because i was just anxious to start working i start next monday i just hope i dont grow to hate working so many hours for such little pay and maybe i should have sent my resume to different company's. Some more questions i have is, is 8 dollars a hour what i should expect with the experience i have? and how long does it usually take for service tech's to move up in pay? Also does it sound like i am getting a little under paid?

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    I wouldnt expect too much until you can hop in a service vehicle and go out and make your boss some money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eric555 View Post
    Thank yall so much for the replies. Im from north carolina and i went for my first interview yesterday and the manager told me that all he could offer was 8 dollar an hour. wich i thought was kind of low but i know i have to start somewhere, but this is why i chose the hvac field because i am ready to get away from the 8 dollars an hour price and make a good career. i dont have any work experience just my school experience where i recieved my diploma, my universal CFC certification, and also got certified in Scotsman ice machines. This was the first interview and i got offered the job and i took it because i was just anxious to start working i start next monday i just hope i dont grow to hate working so many hours for such little pay and maybe i should have sent my resume to different company's. Some more questions i have is, is 8 dollars a hour what i should expect with the experience i have? and how long does it usually take for service tech's to move up in pay? Also does it sound like i am getting a little under paid?
    McDonalds is about to hire 50,000 people with an starting pay of $8.30/h! you ought to start somewhere is true but $8/hour seems to be way too low for a guy like you, get some hands on experience and bail out.

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    Take anything and get some experience.
    Don't ask at 90 days for anything either, wait till 6 months and say "how I'm doing ?" and see what happens.
    Get at least 3 years and move to anywhere in the country and find a job in about 2 weeks.
    luck dan

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    i start all of my new hires off at 8 an hour, and evaluate at 30 days, i know within 30 days if its someone i want to invest in or if its time to take a loss and move on, the guys that are willing to attend training and work afters hours i keep on, the ones who only dream of changing filters and riding in the truck all day, i cut loose, the starting salary seperates the men from the boys in this industry!!
    The 2008 NATE TOP TECH!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvacpope View Post
    McDonalds is about to hire 50,000 people with an starting pay of $8.30/h! you ought to start somewhere is true but $8/hour seems to be way too low for a guy like you, get some hands on experience and bail out.
    Yes, thats crazy low. I got $12 right of school back in '02. I guess these companys must be using the "bad economy excuse" for offering such ridiculously low pay. How do they even expect to land a "smart" tech. When you would have to be kind of stupid to even work for them to begin with!

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    everyone ive ever hired straight out of school with the attitude of " im worth XX dollars and hour cause i went to school and got good grades" has bit me in thie a** a diplomia dont mean jack s**t, youve got to be willing to learn how my business works, and what your place in it is, trades schools give potential techs a false hope of mega bucks, if you make good grades her you will be a millonare over night in this bizz, you gotta have a desire and a drive to help people, then and only then will you get what your are worth, if money is your driving force, get the h**l out of this biz now!!!!!!
    The 2008 NATE TOP TECH!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hvacman14 View Post
    everyone ive ever hired straight out of school with the attitude of " im worth XX dollars and hour cause i went to school and got good grades" has bit me in thie a** a diplomia dont mean jack s**t, youve got to be willing to learn how my business works, and what your place in it is, trades schools give potential techs a false hope of mega bucks, if you make good grades her you will be a millonare over night in this bizz, you gotta have a desire and a drive to help people, then and only then will you get what your are worth, if money is your driving force, get the h**l out of this biz now!!!!!!
    I don't know. The school i went to has been spot on. I use the theory behind refrigeration and electrical that was taught everyday. I also make the money that they said would be made. It just took a while longer than they claimed.

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    Since you took it, I would work it and use it to get familiar. What you don't want to do is hop around but in this case I would as long as the next offer is 2 to 3 dollars an hour more. The next company will not fault you for bettering yourself. Good luck.
    It's refreshing to pull your head out of the box when servicing a system.

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