HVAC Career Statistics

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Job prospects for HVAC technicians and mechanics are projected to be excellent over the coming years. Find out which cities employ the most heating and cooling technicians, which industries pay the most, and more.

  • Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians hold approximately 292,000 jobs.
  • A little over half of these are heating and cooling contractors.
  • Around 13% of HVAC technicians are self-employed.
  • Job openings in the field are expected to grow 9% through 2016.
  • The average hourly wage for HVAC technicians is $20.31. The median hourly wage (50% make more, 50% make less) is $19.08.
  • Installation specialists may experience periods of unemployment, but work for maintenance and repair technicians is usually steady; clients need to have their systems in good working order regardless of the state of the economy.
  • Technicians employed by motor vehicle manufacturers earn the highest average wage: $35.28 / hour .
  • The next top-paying industries for HVAC technicians are:
    • navigational, measuring, electromedical and control instruments manufacturing;
    • electric power generation and distribution;
    • semiconducotr and component manufacturing; and
    • wired telecommunications carriers.
  • Building equipment contractors employ the most HVAC technicians (177,820 according to the latest numbers), and pay them about $19.64 / hour.
  • In addition to health care and pension plans, most employers provide uniforms, a company van, and tools. Some also pay for training and certifications.
  • Delaware has the highest concentration of HVAC workers, while Florida has the second highest concentration.
  • About 14% of HVAC workers are members of a union.

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