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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installer Salary Information

The salary statistics of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,120
25th Percentile Wage
$36,150
50th Percentile Wage
$47,080
75th Percentile Wage
$60,270
90th Percentile Wage
$75,330

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is $75,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,080. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,120. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 158% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,080
2.49% 7.31%
2016
$45,910
1.74% -
2015
$45,110
1.06% -
2014
$44,630
1.68% -
2013
$43,880
0.55% -
2012
$43,640
- -

Table 2. Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $68,480. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $45,620).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$68,480
Utilities
$68,310
Transportation and Warehousing
$63,220
Finance and Insurance
$61,790
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,360
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,670
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,930
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$53,430
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$52,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$51,070
Manufacturing
$50,920
Wholesale Trade
$50,460
Educational Services
$49,390
Accommodation and Food Services
$49,190
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$48,490
Retail Trade
$47,670
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$47,010
Mining
$46,670
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$46,080
Construction
$45,620

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers by States

From the above tables we note that not only heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $22,130 to $67,450. The highest paying state for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $67,450. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $22,130. For more salary information of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$67,450
Alaska
$63,940
Hawaii
$61,850
Illinois
$60,140
Connecticut
$59,750
Massachusetts
$58,620
Maryland
$56,940
New Jersey
$56,160
Colorado
$55,790
North Dakota
$55,420
New York
$55,370
Nevada
$54,250
Minnesota
$53,850
California
$53,630
Washington
$52,870
Rhode Island
$52,820
Delaware
$50,840
New Hampshire
$50,570
Pennsylvania
$49,310
Iowa
$49,110
Wisconsin
$49,070
Virginia
$48,950
Utah
$48,770
Vermont
$48,040
Michigan
$47,530
Maine
$46,860
Kansas
$46,600
Ohio
$46,150
Wyoming
$46,110
Oregon
$45,470
Oklahoma
$44,730
Missouri
$44,560
Montana
$44,120
Arizona
$44,080
Nebraska
$43,720
Indiana
$43,410
Texas
$43,260
Louisiana
$42,790
Tennessee
$42,160
Georgia
$42,110
Kentucky
$41,510
South Carolina
$41,500
Idaho
$41,300
New Mexico
$41,270
North Carolina
$40,560
South Dakota
$40,470
Florida
$40,300
Alabama
$38,850
Mississippi
$37,980
West Virginia
$37,920
Arkansas
$36,850
Virgin Islands
$34,730
Guam
$34,320
Puerto Rico
$22,130



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