Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
240,480 1.3 % $22.03 $45,830 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.14 $16.40 $20.98 $27.07 $33.17
Annual Wage (2) $27,330 $34,120 $43,640 $56,300 $68,990


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 167,370 10.07 $21.49 $44,700
Direct Selling Establishments 9,370 7.13 $22.44 $46,670
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 7,560 3.97 $22.65 $47,120
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7,200 3.23 $24.49 $50,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 5,140 0.18 $23.73 $49,350

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 167,370 10.07 $21.49 $44,700
Direct Selling Establishments 9,370 7.13 $22.44 $46,670
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 7,560 3.97 $22.65 $47,120
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 7,200 3.23 $24.49 $50,930
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 840 1.21 $20.00 $41,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 100 0.02 $32.30 $67,190
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 360 0.07 $31.86 $66,260
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 60 0.02 $31.61 $65,750
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 150 0.03 $29.77 $61,930
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 90 0.01 $29.43 $61,210


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 21,020 1.99 1.08 $19.55 $40,660
Florida 20,170 2.77 1.50 $19.75 $41,080
California 18,410 1.29 0.70 $25.11 $52,220
New York 13,280 1.56 0.84 $24.95 $51,890
Pennsylvania 11,480 2.05 1.11 $21.96 $45,680




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)
Delaware 1,210 2.99 1.62 $24.06 $50,050
Maine 1,720 2.96 1.60 $20.70 $43,060
Florida 20,170 2.77 1.50 $19.75 $41,080
North Carolina 10,670 2.75 1.49 $19.32 $40,190
Louisiana 4,770 2.55 1.38 $20.47 $42,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 420 1.32 0.71 $30.46 $63,370
District of Columbia 310 0.47 0.26 $28.20 $58,650
Illinois 7,170 1.27 0.69 $27.70 $57,630
Massachusetts 7,210 2.25 1.22 $27.02 $56,190
Connecticut 3,340 2.06 1.12 $26.24 $54,590





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 7,460 1.45 0.78 $27.03 $56,220
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,240 1.99 1.08 $20.72 $43,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 4,720 2.08 1.13 $21.45 $44,610
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 4,650 1.28 0.69 $29.13 $60,600
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 4,240 1.81 0.98 $25.97 $54,010
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 3,940 1.88 1.02 $21.93 $45,610
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 3,830 2.10 1.14 $23.43 $48,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 3,800 0.98 0.53 $25.66 $53,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,460 2.00 1.08 $24.96 $51,910
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 3,400 1.99 1.08 $28.36 $58,980