Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
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Overview
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers—often called heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) technicians—work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems that control the temperature and air quality in buildings.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are expected to grow by 15%, and should have about 39,100 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
The likelihood of autmoation for ${title} is near the middle of all careers' likelihoods.
Workforce size
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, with 332,900 workers, form a larger workforce than 87% of careers.
Education
Only 5% of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers have bachelor's degrees than 83% of other careeers.
Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 52% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers. The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers.
This job's median $48KAll jobs' median $39K$48K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 1% of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers -- that's a smaller percentage than 97% of other jobs.
Gender of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, the median men's salary was 5% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 12% of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are minority, and 15% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (15%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 42% of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, and 56% have company-sponsored health insurance (18% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
100% premiums covered
Partial premiums covered
Plan with no cost sharing
No health insurance
The downside
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (81%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (80%)
  • Time Pressure (76%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (70%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (70%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (67%)
  • Exposed to High Places (58%)
  • Consequence of Error (47%)
  • Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People (31%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (31%)
SOURCES:24.0 O*NET
Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, and then we show how the middle (median) salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (BLS Salary Data)
$48K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. We first show the full salary distribution for all heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (ACS Salary Data)
$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
$43K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers (ACS)
Private for-profit (79.8%)
Private not-for-profit (2.3%)
Local government (3.1%)
State government (2.3%)
Federal government (1.7%)
Self-employed incorporated (4.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (6.1%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$43K$50K$42K$51K$47K$34K$51K$47K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivate not-for-profitPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$48K$65K$53K$47K$49K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Federal governmentState governmentLocal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

The biggest take-away from the following two charts is the relationship between salary and experience that we can infer from age. Does this job seem to attract especially younger or older workers? Does it reward experience?

Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working in this career changes. We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers and gender

With 1% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 97% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
Men (99%)
Women (1%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 20%. The situation is a little better for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, with the median salary for men 5% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

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Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers have one of the smaller percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job lower than that for 85% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers than for 86% of other careers. The percentage of foreign-born workers in this career is near the middle of all careers.

Race/origin of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
White (83% )
Black (6% )
Other (5% )
Asian (2% )
Multiracial (2% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

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Distribution: Salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers by nativity
$38K$44K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers typically hold a postsecondary nondegree award.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers.

Education attained by heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Details: Education and training recommended for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

Many HVACR technicians receive postsecondary instruction from technical and trade schools or community colleges that offer programs in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. These programs generally last from 6 months to 2 years and lead to a certificate or an associate’s degree.

High school students interested in becoming an HVACR technician should take courses in vocational education, math, and physics. Knowledge of plumbing or electrical work and a basic understanding of electronics is also helpful.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy, handle, or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. Many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed to prepare students for the EPA certification exam.

In addition, some states and localities require HVACR technicians to be licensed; check with your state and locality for more information.

Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers? Below we see the distribution of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$32K$42K$45K$49K$46K$46K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100KNone (10%)High School (41%)Some College (30%)Associate's Degree (14%)Bachelor's Degree (4%)Master's Degree (1%)
Certificate/degree pathways

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Program
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Less than bachelor's
bachelor's degree
Higher than bachelor's
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
18,418
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
7,013
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

What jobs will most heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installersManagers (specialized areas)Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfittersConstruction managersMaintenance and repair workersConstruction laborersSheet metal workersFirst-line supervisors of retail sales workersIndustrial and refractory machinery mechanicsElectriciansJanitors and building cleanersDriver/sales workers and truck drivers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers as well as 1% of respondents after working as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
68,500
$0$200K$44K
Construction managers
34,800
$0$200K$66K
Sheet metal workers
16,300
$0$200K$41K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Retail salespersons
676,200
$0$200K$31K
1.1%
Maintenance and repair workers
155,500
$0$200K$42K
2.1%
Construction laborers
153,300
$0$200K$30K
1.1%
Managers (specialized areas)
84,000
$0$200K$72K
3.4%
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
68,500
$0$200K$44K
2.2%
Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
39,100
$0$200K$43K
58.1%
Construction managers
34,800
$0$200K$66K
1.7%
Sheet metal workers
16,300
$0$200K$41K
1.7%
Stationary engineers and boiler operators
3,900
$0$200K$57K
1.1%
No occupation
7.0%
Read about heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
Responsibilities and activities
Responsibilities and activities

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers typically do the following:

  • Install, clean, and maintain HVACR systems
  • Install electrical components and wiring
  • Inspect and test HVACR systems and components
  • Discuss system malfunctions with customers
  • Repair or replace worn or defective parts
  • Recommend maintenance to improve system performance
  • Keep records of work performed

Heating and air conditioning systems control the temperature, humidity, and overall air quality in homes, businesses, and other buildings. By providing a climate-controlled environment, refrigeration systems make it possible to store and transport food, medicine, and other perishable items.

Some HVACR technicians specialize in one or more specific aspects of HVACR, such as radiant heating systems, solar panels, testing and balancing, or commercial refrigeration.

When installing or repairing air conditioning and refrigeration systems, technicians must follow government regulations regarding the conservation, recovery, and recycling of refrigerants. The regulations include those concerning the proper handling and disposal of fluids and pressurized gases.

Some HVACR technicians sell service contracts to their clients, providing periodic maintenance of heating and cooling systems. The service usually includes inspecting the system, cleaning ducts, replacing filters, and checking refrigerant levels.

Other workers sometimes help HVACR technicians install or repair cooling and heating systems. For example, on a large air conditioning installation job, especially one in which workers are covered by union contracts, ductwork may be installed by sheet metal workers, electrical work by electricians, and pipework by plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. Boiler systems are sometimes installed by a boilermaker.

Home appliance repairers usually service window air conditioners and household refrigerators.

Personality and skills
Personality and skills

Can you see yourself in the ranks of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers? Here are the skills and traits that could lead to success.

Customer-service skills
HVACR technicians often work in customers’ homes or business offices, so it is important that they be friendly, polite, and punctual. Repair technicians sometimes deal with unhappy customers whose heating or air conditioning is not working.
Detail oriented
HVACR technicians must carefully maintain records of all work performed. The records must include the nature of the work performed and the time it took, as well as a list of specific parts and equipment that were used.
Math skills
HVACR technicians need to calculate the correct load requirements to ensure that the HVACR equipment properly heats or cools the space required.
Mechanical skills
HVACR technicians install and work on complicated climate-control systems, so they must understand the HVAC components and be able to properly assemble, disassemble, and, if needed, program them.
Physical stamina
HVACR technicians may spend many hours walking and standing. The constant physical activity can be tiring.
Physical strength
HVACR technicians may have to lift and support heavy equipment and components, often without help.
Time-management skills
HVACR technicians frequently have a set number of daily maintenance calls. They should be able to keep a schedule and complete all necessary repairs or tasks.
Troubleshooting skills
HVACR technicians must be able to identify problems on malfunctioning heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems and then determine the best way to repair them.
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 52% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers. This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $48KAll jobs' median $39K$48K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are anticipated to grow by 15% over the next decade; only 11% of jobs are predicted to grow more.

The projected employment for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

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Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
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BLS
Number of Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

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In-state comparisions
Median salary
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BLS
Median salary ratio: Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers to all workers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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