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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
356,960 1.3 % $ 26.29 $ 54,690 0.5 %

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

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.50 $ 18.49 $ 23.38 $ 29.81 $ 37.60
Annual Wage (2) $ 34,320 $ 38,450 $ 48,630 $ 62,000 $ 78,210


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 265,450 11.83 $ 25.80 $ 53,660
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 9,620 0.70 $ 28.33 $ 58,930
Direct Selling Establishments 9,600 7.40 $ 26.74 $ 55,630
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 6,200 2.96 $ 28.18 $ 58,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,550 0.19 $ 27.28 $ 56,740

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 265,450 11.83 $ 25.80 $ 53,660
Direct Selling Establishments 9,600 7.40 $ 26.74 $ 55,630
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 6,200 2.96 $ 28.18 $ 58,610
Facilities Support Services 2,850 1.70 $ 29.11 $ 60,560
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 1,290 1.68 $ 20.85 $ 43,370

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)
Scheduled Air Transportation 50 0.01 $ 42.87 $ 89,180
Natural Gas Distribution 1,490 1.36 $ 41.69 $ 86,710
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 150 0.04 $ 41.33 $ 85,970
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 600 0.13 $ 41.19 $ 85,680
Deep Sea, Coastal, and Great Lakes Water Transportation 110 0.33 $ 38.96 $ 81,050


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.



Map of employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by state, May 2021


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)
California 32,640 1.97 0.78 $ 29.65 $ 61,670
Texas 31,060 2.54 1.00 $ 24.65 $ 51,270
Florida 30,480 3.54 1.40 $ 22.52 $ 46,850
New York 22,240 2.57 1.01 $ 31.82 $ 66,180
Pennsylvania 18,110 3.24 1.28 $ 25.89 $ 53,840


Map of location quotient of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by state, May 2021


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 3,760 4.97 1.96 $ 22.24 $ 46,250
Maine 2,150 3.63 1.43 $ 25.02 $ 52,050
Florida 30,480 3.54 1.40 $ 22.52 $ 46,850
North Carolina 15,150 3.43 1.35 $ 22.87 $ 47,570
Montana 1,540 3.28 1.30 $ 25.12 $ 52,250


Map of annual mean wages of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by state, May 2021


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)
District of Columbia 460 0.70 0.27 $ 33.72 $ 70,130
Alaska 540 1.81 0.72 $ 33.70 $ 70,100
Hawaii 1,360 2.48 0.98 $ 33.22 $ 69,100
New Jersey 9,160 2.38 0.94 $ 32.91 $ 68,460
New York 22,240 2.57 1.01 $ 31.82 $ 66,180



Map of employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by area, May 2021


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 20,730 2.39 0.94 $ 34.06 $ 70,850
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 9,710 2.71 1.07 $ 26.02 $ 54,110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 8,910 1.56 0.62 $ 30.95 $ 64,380
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 8,450 3.45 1.36 $ 22.30 $ 46,390
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 8,300 3.13 1.23 $ 29.01 $ 60,340
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 7,580 2.62 1.03 $ 25.70 $ 53,450
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 7,500 2.56 1.01 $ 30.81 $ 64,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 6,770 1.60 0.63 $ 28.95 $ 60,210
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 6,050 2.86 1.13 $ 24.69 $ 51,350
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 6,040 2.33 0.92 $ 25.15 $ 52,310


Map of location quotient of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by area, May 2021


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)
Coeur d'Alene, ID 540 8.32 3.28 $ 21.79 $ 45,320
Homosassa Springs, FL 190 5.95 2.35 $ 19.50 $ 40,560
Boise City, ID 1,890 5.57 2.20 $ 22.67 $ 47,160
Panama City, FL 430 5.46 2.16 $ 21.85 $ 45,440
Punta Gorda, FL 270 5.46 2.15 $ 22.03 $ 45,820
Lancaster, PA 1,230 5.25 2.07 $ 24.98 $ 51,950
Ocean City, NJ 200 5.07 2.00 $ 25.85 $ 53,760
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,320 4.96 1.96 $ 24.17 $ 50,270
Lynchburg, VA 470 4.94 1.95 $ 24.14 $ 50,220
Sebring, FL 130 4.93 1.95 $ 20.59 $ 42,840