HVAC technicians are below average when it comes to happiness.

At CareerExplorer, we conduct an ongoing survey with millions of people and ask them how satisfied they are with their careers. As it turns out, HVAC technicians rate their career happiness 3.0 out of 5 stars which puts them in the bottom 29% of careers.

To put this into perspective, we compared how happy HVAC technicians are to similar careers in the industry. Take a look at the results below:

Salaries and satisfaction ratings in similar careers

Career Satisfaction Avg Salary
Crane operator
3.1
$57k
Carpenter
3.0
$39k
Cabinetmaker
3.0
$33k
Furniture finisher
3.0
$32k
Construction manager
3.0
$89k
HVAC technician
3.0
$40k
Electrician
3.0
$40k
Stonemason
2.9
$43k
Ironworker
2.9
$55k
Maintenance worker
2.9
$39k

So what does it mean to be happy in your career? Let’s break it down into different dimensions:

  • Salary: Are HVAC technicians happy with their salary?
  • Meaning: Do HVAC technicians find their jobs meaningful?
  • Personality fit: How well suited are people’s personalities to their everyday tasks as HVAC technicians?
  • Work environment: How enjoyable are HVAC technician’s work environments?
  • Skills utilization: Are HVAC technicians making the best use of their abilities?

Are HVAC technicians happy with their salary?