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    Wages

    I've been in the trade for almost 6 years now and I am about to make the move from residential to commercial. What Hourly wage should I be asking for. I currently make about 22/hour. Obviously I don't want to make less than I'm currently making but I don't want to lose out on making more.

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    Same. Commercial is vastly different

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    Someone from your area is going to have to answer that question. 22 an hour for residential is a descent wage in a lot of parts, I think.
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    22s pretty good for resi here.

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    22 doing resi is an ok wage in ontario. I've seen the installer offered 28, but that's just to keep him from leaving. I'm making similar money doing mix bag of resi and commercial. not bad, but I've only been in it for 3 yrs.
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    $22/hr is probably above the going rate for residential techs here in CA. Most Arron $15-$20/hr+spiffs and commissions.

    Commercial in CA with 6 years you should be around $20-25 it really depends how well you negotiate going in to the company.
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    22/hr is about right for how you are describing yourself in Illinois.......maybe even a little high. All depends on how much if any commercial experience you have. We have found a big learning curve between residential and commercial. Also don't forget to look at the difference in benefits when making a move.

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    $22 an hour works out to $44,000 at 2000 work hours a year (8 hrs, 5 days a week, 50 weeks in a year). For what it takes to be a competent technician this seems a bit low for pay.
    Add in health care as a benefit; I pay $1500 a month we get an additional $18k or $62k, not bad but you cannot eat healthcare. So to be a successful hvac technician you need to bust your butt and work like a madman in season.

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    There are 52 weeks (2080 hours) plus we have overtime at x1.5 and double time on the weekends and holidays at x2. Not to mention you have to consider that the company is going to put a lot of money in wages/classes for training for you (at least we do). So I have 22/hr closer to 50-55k in wages and a decent amount of that is spent observing or in a classroom. We have other benefits also that bump up a little more. It probably does end up in the 60k+ range after its all said and done. That major medical number sounds really high??? Are you talking about what the company contributes? what you contribute?

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    If your in southern Ontario $27-$30 is probably the range for fully licensed hvac techs. That's with your gas tech 2 certification and your refrigeration 313d license (7200 hour apprenticeship complete). For light commercial hvac work (rtu,ahu,mau) $28 - $35 is the range I would look for. That's with a min gas tech 2 certification and a red seal refrigeration 313a license. Ask for the $28 - $30 range and ask for raises over give years to the $35 mark. If the commercial your doing requires "high end" refrigeration such as supermarkets ect and/or large heating units requiring a gas technician 1 then start at $34 and expect that with quality work to get raises yearly till your coming close to $40. If it's industrial your getting into start around the same but I wouldn't think it unreasonable to see experienced guys in that business with full gas tickets, refrigeration tickets and a full understanding of the electrical and instrumentation/controls getting upwards of $50(not to start). As residential companies generally bill out at $90-$110/hr, commercial at $110-$140/hr and industrial trade companies up to $250/hr these seem reasonable.

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    licensed in BC metro Vancouver, is ~$63 and up......... package.

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    I love BC. Lol. That's a good wage and seems fair as I stated earlier the companies are billing out at a certain rate, employees should be getting a good percentage of that. It's your back that they build off. Good for you Indy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iambax View Post
    I love BC. Lol. That's a good wage and seems fair as I stated earlier the companies are billing out at a certain rate, employees should be getting a good percentage of that. It's your back that they build off. Good for you Indy.
    thanx, I actually negotiated a higher rate, the one quoted is min rate.

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