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
Ship engineer
3.0
$75k
Power plant operator
3.0
$82k
Auto repair technician
3.0
$40k
Water engineer
3.0
$89k
Construction manager
3.0
$89k
HVAC technician
3.0
$40k
Aircraft mechanic
3.0
$49k
Facility maintenance mechanic
3.0
$54k
Electrician
3.0
$40k
Elevator mechanic
2.9
$85k

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?