Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

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
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area 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)
244,410 1.4 % $21.00 $43,670 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.38 $15.42 $19.76 $25.80 $31.53
Annual Wage (2) $25,750 $32,080 $41,100 $53,660 $65,580


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 Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Equipment Contractors 166,050 $20.34 $42,310
Direct Selling Establishments 11,340 $21.77 $45,280
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 8,190 $23.13 $48,120
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 7,370 $21.71 $45,160
Local Government (OES Designation) 4,760 $23.50 $48,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 60 $31.84 $66,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 420 $30.03 $62,470
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 230 $29.09 $60,510
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 230 $28.59 $59,470
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 40 $28.54 $59,350


State profile for this occupation: Top

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

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Delaware 1,250 $20.85 $43,370 3.031
Florida 22,220 $18.63 $38,750 3.021
Maine 1,710 $20.54 $42,730 2.896
Vermont 820 $19.18 $39,890 2.776
New Hampshire 1,630 $21.68 $45,100 2.628

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
District of Columbia 340 $27.19 $56,540 0.536
Connecticut 3,860 $25.58 $53,200 2.343
Massachusetts 7,400 $25.54 $53,130 2.336
New Jersey 8,320 $25.32 $52,670 2.160
Alaska 470 $25.31 $52,650 1.534


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 240 $18.03 $37,510 5.104
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 910 $15.60 $32,440 4.685
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 940 $18.67 $38,830 4.669
Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL 310 $15.01 $31,220 4.479
Harrisonburg, VA 250 $18.70 $38,910 4.361

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Champaign-Urbana, IL (8) $33.76 $70,220 (8)
Napa, CA 80 $32.55 $67,700 1.256
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 1,040 $31.80 $66,150 1.050
Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford, MA-NH NECTA Division 360 $30.72 $63,890 3.118
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 830 $29.83 $62,050 0.929


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010