Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

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)
232,050 2.1 % $18.47 $38,410 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.97 $13.64 $17.63 $22.54 $27.14
Annual Wage (2) $22,830 $28,360 $36,670 $46,880 $56,460

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building equipment contractors 147,000 $18.04 $37,520
Direct selling establishments 12,750 $18.46 $38,400
Hardware and plumbing merchant wholesalers 8,550 $20.45 $42,530
Commercial machinery repair and maintenance 7,730 $18.54 $38,560
Elementary and secondary schools 5,480 $18.68 $38,850

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Computer and peripheral equipment mfg. (7) $26.87 $55,880
Converted paper product manufacturing 30 $26.56 $55,230
Machinery and supply merchant wholesalers 290 $25.38 $52,780
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 480 $25.27 $52,570
Scientific research and development services 280 $24.74 $51,460

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
Maryland 7,190 $19.67 $40,920 0.290%
South Carolina 5,070 $15.42 $32,070 0.283%
Maine 1,650 $16.77 $34,870 0.276%
South Dakota 940 $16.69 $34,720 0.253%
West Virginia 1,740 $13.89 $28,900 0.251%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 380 $24.75 $51,470 0.128%
Massachusetts 6,190 $23.16 $48,170 0.198%
District of Columbia 340 $23.08 $48,010 0.056%
Hawaii 610 $22.82 $47,470 0.106%
Connecticut 4,070 $22.55 $46,900 0.248%

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
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 1,080 $15.90 $33,060 0.539%
Appleton-Oshkosh-Neenah, WI MSA 950 $22.78 $47,390 0.469%
Springfield, MO MSA 730 $16.70 $34,730 0.434%
Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN MSA 460 $15.55 $32,340 0.434%
Panama City, FL MSA 280 $16.59 $34,510 0.428%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Lowell, MA-NH PMSA 380 $26.82 $55,780 0.311%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 70 $25.54 $53,120 0.131%
Salinas, CA MSA 90 $25.42 $52,880 0.058%
Yolo, CA PMSA 50 $25.23 $52,470 0.052%
San Jose, CA PMSA 840 $24.94 $51,870 0.099%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Technical notes

Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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