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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,440
25th Percentile Wage
$35,440
50th Percentile Wage
$45,910
75th Percentile Wage
$58,960
90th Percentile Wage
$73,350

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 $73,350. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,440. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 157% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201645,9101.74%4.94%
201545,1101.06%-
201444,6301.68%-
201343,8800.55%-
201243,640--

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 18 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 $69,300. The lowest paying sector is the construction sector (annual salary $44,370).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$69,300
Utilities
$67,850
Transportation and Warehousing
$61,330
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,500
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,390
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$52,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$52,270
Manufacturing
$50,380
Finance and Insurance
$50,220
Accommodation and Food Services
$49,970
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$49,790
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$48,910
Wholesale Trade
$48,730
Educational Services
$48,190
Retail Trade
$46,870
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,850
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,570
Construction
$44,370

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 $21,450 to $68,700. The highest paying state for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $68,700. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $21,450. 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
Hawaii
$68,700
District of Columbia
$67,250
Alaska
$64,660
North Dakota
$58,480
Illinois
$56,820
New Jersey
$56,570
Connecticut
$56,530
Massachusetts
$56,060
Washington
$55,450
Colorado
$54,490
Maryland
$54,380
Rhode Island
$54,370
Nevada
$54,220
New York
$52,790
Delaware
$52,100
California
$51,500
Minnesota
$51,230
New Hampshire
$49,250
Iowa
$48,580
Vermont
$47,830
Virginia
$47,750
Wisconsin
$47,520
Pennsylvania
$47,390
Oregon
$46,580
Michigan
$46,460
Utah
$46,180
Missouri
$46,150
Kansas
$45,970
Ohio
$45,510
Wyoming
$45,420
Maine
$45,070
South Dakota
$44,860
Montana
$44,440
Nebraska
$44,010
Oklahoma
$43,910
Louisiana
$42,890
Georgia
$42,840
Arizona
$42,720
Texas
$41,820
New Mexico
$41,390
Indiana
$40,930
Tennessee
$40,750
South Carolina
$40,340
North Carolina
$40,320
Idaho
$39,790
Kentucky
$39,750
Florida
$38,320
Alabama
$37,620
Virgin Islands
$37,620
Mississippi
$37,240
Arkansas
$35,900
Guam
$34,490
West Virginia
$34,240
Puerto Rico
$21,450



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