Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers

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Total Workforce

387k

Average Age

40.4

Estimated Job Growth

14.7%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$48,785

Average Male Salary

$48,711

Average Female Salary

$53,867

About

Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are most often employed by the Construction industry. The average yearly wage for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers was $48,785 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers by wage are Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers, Flight attendants, and Elementary & middle school teachers.

Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are part of the Installation, maintenance, & repair occupations, along with Firstline supervisors of mechanics, installers, & repairers, Computer, automated teller, & office machine repairers, Radio & telecommunications equipment installers & repairers, Avionics technicians, Electric motor, power tool, & related repairers, Electronic equipment installers & repairers, motor vehicles, Electronic home entertainment equipment installers & repairers, Security & fire alarm systems installers, Electrical & electronics repairers, transportation equipment, & industrial & utility, Aircraft mechanics & service technicians, Automotive body & related repairers, Automotive glass installers & repairers, Automotive service technicians & mechanics, Bus & truck mechanics & diesel engine specialists, Heavy vehicle & mobile equipment service technicians & mechanics, Small engine mechanics, Miscellaneous vehicle & mobile equipment mechanics, installers, & repairers, Control & valve installers & repairers, Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, Home appliance repairers, Maintenance workers, machinery, Millwrights, Industrial & refractory machinery mechanics, Electrical powerline installers & repairers, Telecommunications line installers & repairers, Precision instrument & equipment repairers, Maintenance & repair workers, general, Coin, vending, & amusement machine servicers & repairers, Locksmiths & safe repairers, Riggers, Helpersinstallation, maintenance, & repair workers , and Miscellaneous installation, maintenance, & repair workers, including wind turbine service technicians

The top 3 locations that employ the most Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are Norfolk City (Northeast) PUMA, VA, South of I-30, East of I-35W & Inside Loop I-820 PUMA, TX, and Indio, Coachella, Blythe & La Quinta (East) Cities PUMA, CA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are South of I-30, East of I-35W & Inside Loop I-820 PUMA, TX, Flagler & Volusia (North Central) Counties PUMA, FL, and Marinette, Oconto, Door & Florence Counties PUMA, WI.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, by average wage, is Services incidental to transportation. Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are paid most in Huntsville City (Far West & Southwest) PUMA, AL but are relatively concentrated in South of I-30, East of I-35W & Inside Loop I-820 PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$48,785

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,277

In 2017, Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers earned an average of $48,785, $3,280 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Flight attendants make somewhat more than Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers while Sailors & marine oilers, & ship engineers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.306

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.306, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, by number of employees, are Construction, Elementary & secondary schools, and Real estate.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, by average wage, are Services incidental to transportation, Natural gas distribution, and Pharmaceutical & medicine manufacturing.

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Industries by Share

387k

2017 Workforce

± 15,255

5.2%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 5.37%

The number of people employed as Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers has been growing at a rate of 5.2%, from 367,942 people in 2016 to 387,085 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers at  75.9%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 2.51% and Real estate with 1.96%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers in the US. The average age of male Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers in the workforce is 40.3 and of female Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers is 44.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers is White.

Gender Composition

382k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 15,146

5.51k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 1,822

98.6% of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Other

83.1% of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.33% of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers.

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Age by Gender

40.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.5

44.5

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 4.75

The median age of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers is 40.4, and Male employees are generally 4.25 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers need many skills, but most especially Troubleshooting. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Equipment Maintenance.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers are expected to see a growth of 14.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

14.7%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Heating, air conditioning, & refrigeration mechanics & installers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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