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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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

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


National estimates for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Industry profile for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Geographic profile for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

National estimates for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
344,020 1.3 % $ 25.68 $ 53,410 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.34 $ 18.90 $ 24.32 $ 30.94 $ 38.86
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,910 $ 39,320 $ 50,590 $ 64,350 $ 80,820


Industry profile for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 254,320 11.63 $ 25.15 $ 52,320
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 10,770 0.78 $ 26.60 $ 55,330
Direct Selling Establishments 9,250 7.06 $ 25.47 $ 52,980
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 6,670 3.22 $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,780 0.19 $ 27.16 $ 56,490

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Equipment Contractors 254,320 11.63 $ 25.15 $ 52,320
Direct Selling Establishments 9,250 7.06 $ 25.47 $ 52,980
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 6,670 3.22 $ 26.96 $ 56,080
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 1,070 1.48 $ 21.22 $ 44,130
Facilities Support Services 2,270 1.41 $ 26.95 $ 56,060

Top paying industries for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 610 0.12 $ 38.87 $ 80,850
Natural Gas Distribution 1,410 1.30 $ 38.14 $ 79,320
Telecommunications 150 0.02 $ 35.51 $ 73,860
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank 30 0.16 $ 35.35 $ 73,520
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 250 0.07 $ 33.92 $ 70,560


Geographic profile for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 33,210 3.93 1.59 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
California 32,410 1.97 0.80 $ 30.56 $ 63,560
Texas 28,010 2.31 0.94 $ 23.73 $ 49,360
New York 16,730 1.93 0.78 $ 30.33 $ 63,080
Pennsylvania 14,900 2.70 1.09 $ 26.32 $ 54,740




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 3,200 4.45 1.80 $ 22.44 $ 46,680
Florida 33,210 3.93 1.59 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
Maine 2,190 3.81 1.54 $ 24.22 $ 50,380
Nebraska 3,350 3.56 1.44 $ 25.23 $ 52,480
Alabama 6,740 3.54 1.43 $ 21.63 $ 44,990




Top paying states for Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 300 1.01 0.41 $ 38.28 $ 79,630
District of Columbia 290 0.43 0.17 $ 35.32 $ 73,460
Hawaii 910 1.58 0.64 $ 31.56 $ 65,640
Washington 6,950 2.17 0.88 $ 31.34 $ 65,180
Massachusetts 7,620 2.28 0.92 $ 31.13 $ 64,760





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 17,120 1.94 0.78 $ 32.58 $ 67,780
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 10,780 1.85 0.75 $ 31.31 $ 65,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 9,160 3.65 1.48 $ 21.97 $ 45,690
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,220 2.77 1.12 $ 26.40 $ 54,920
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 7,860 3.73 1.51 $ 24.07 $ 50,070
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,310 2.71 1.10 $ 28.80 $ 59,900
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 7,250 2.02 0.82 $ 23.02 $ 47,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,330 1.45 0.59 $ 29.31 $ 60,970
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 6,020 1.99 0.81 $ 31.06 $ 64,610
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 5,900 2.24 0.91 $ 23.02 $ 47,880




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
The Villages, FL 230 7.74 3.13 $ 16.43 $ 34,180
Lewiston-Auburn, ME 360 7.68 3.11 $ 25.01 $ 52,020
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 960 7.21 2.92 $ 28.56 $ 59,400
Coeur d'Alene, ID 430 7.10 2.87 $ 20.81 $ 43,280
Punta Gorda, FL 320 6.90 2.79 $ 22.81 $ 47,430
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 350 6.77 2.74 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Ocean City, NJ 230 6.51 2.63 $ 23.44 $ 48,750
Salisbury, MD-DE 950 6.39 2.59 $ 24.20 $ 50,340
Panama City, FL 450 6.01 2.43 $ 19.49 $ 40,530
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,560 5.98 2.42 $ 24.69 $ 51,350