Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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.

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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)
212,200 2.3 % $17.69 $36,790 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.41 $12.97 $16.90 $21.60 $26.48
Annual Wage (2) $21,650 $26,980 $35,160 $44,930 $55,070

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building equipment contractors 119,140 $17.15 $35,680 1 77
Direct selling establishments 11,450 $17.45 $36,290 2 74
Hardware and plumbing merchant wholesalers 8,230 $18.95 $39,410 3 45
Commercial machinery repair and maintenance 7,580 $17.96 $37,350 4 64
Elementary and secondary schools 5,790 $17.58 $36,570 5 70

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 390 $26.82 $55,780 39 1
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 320 $25.54 $53,110 41 2
Pulp, paper, and paperboard mills (6) $25.43 $52,890 (6) 3
Support activities for water transportation 80 $24.66 $51,280 79 4
Wired telecommunications carriers 60 $24.62 $51,220 92 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Maine 1,960 $16.02 $33,330 0.333% 295
Alabama 5,010 $15.02 $31,250 0.275% 335
Florida 18,310 $15.54 $32,320 0.255% 374
South Dakota 890 $14.80 $30,780 0.251% 210
Maryland 6,120 $18.23 $37,910 0.250% 326

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 290 $22.79 $47,410 0.099% 184
Hawaii 740 $22.20 $46,190 0.134% 172
District of Columbia (6) $22.08 $45,930 (6) 214
Massachusetts 5,780 $21.76 $45,260 0.182% 271
Connecticut 4,030 $21.03 $43,740 0.246% 266

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Panama City, FL MSA 390 $13.75 $28,600 0.634%
Rapid City, SD MSA 280 $13.30 $27,660 0.583%
Myrtle Beach, SC MSA 460 $12.48 $25,950 0.453%
Mobile, AL MSA 900 $15.70 $32,650 0.421%
State College, PA MSA 260 $13.87 $28,840 0.407%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 580 $25.28 $52,580 0.066%
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 470 $24.93 $51,860 0.378%
Springfield, IL MSA (6) $24.89 $51,770 (6)
Cedar Rapids, IA MSA 370 $24.88 $51,750 0.318%
Casper, WY MSA (6) $24.58 $51,120 (6)

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan 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 Excel files(XLS).

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.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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