Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

49-9021 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
231,160 1.4 % $21.89 $45,540 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.89 $16.25 $20.86 $26.98 $33.10
Annual Wage (2) $26,810 $33,790 $43,380 $56,120 $68,840


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 157,570 9.64 $21.33 $44,370
Direct Selling Establishments 9,630 7.28 $22.77 $47,360
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7,690 3.50 $23.53 $48,950
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 7,310 4.00 $22.02 $45,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 4,860 0.17 $23.07 $47,980

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 157,570 9.64 $21.33 $44,370
Direct Selling Establishments 9,630 7.28 $22.77 $47,360
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 7,310 4.00 $22.02 $45,810
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7,690 3.50 $23.53 $48,950
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 1,060 1.55 $20.41 $42,460

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 160 0.04 $34.09 $70,920
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 120 0.03 $31.06 $64,610
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 330 0.07 $31.05 $64,580
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 50 0.03 $30.91 $64,290
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $29.33 $61,000


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 20,260 1.97 1.09 $19.15 $39,830
Florida 17,560 2.46 1.36 $19.70 $40,980
California 17,260 1.23 0.68 $24.95 $51,900
New York 13,710 1.63 0.90 $25.51 $53,050
Pennsylvania 12,710 2.29 1.27 $21.95 $45,650




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maine 1,580 2.75 1.53 $20.44 $42,520
Delaware 1,040 2.57 1.43 $23.13 $48,120
North Carolina 9,700 2.54 1.41 $19.22 $39,970
Florida 17,560 2.46 1.36 $19.70 $40,980
New Jersey 9,160 2.43 1.35 $26.71 $55,560




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 480 1.53 0.85 $29.64 $61,660
District of Columbia 230 0.36 0.20 $28.41 $59,090
New Jersey 9,160 2.43 1.35 $26.71 $55,560
Massachusetts 6,560 2.08 1.15 $26.62 $55,380
Connecticut 3,260 2.03 1.12 $26.59 $55,310





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,710 1.52 0.85 $27.45 $57,100
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,590 2.19 1.22 $20.45 $42,530
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,720 2.12 1.18 $20.57 $42,790
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 4,180 2.30 1.28 $23.40 $48,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,880 1.68 0.93 $26.55 $55,230
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 3,850 1.07 0.60 $26.96 $56,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,360 0.88 0.49 $25.81 $53,680
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 3,190 2.90 1.61 $18.80 $39,110
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,060 1.50 0.83 $21.02 $43,730
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 2,960 1.77 0.98 $27.79 $57,800