Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers

General Information

Description

Install or repair heating, central air conditioning, HVAC, or refrigeration systems, including oil burners, hot-air furnaces, and heating stoves.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit77.59%
  2. Self-employed13.79%
  3. State and local government4.79%
  4. Private, not for profit2.01%
  5. Federal government1.59%

Job Outlook

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 38,500 openings for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$50,590

Military salary*

$61,003

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State-by-state Salary

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$78,800
$32,580
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Education

Knowledge

  • Mechanical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Building and Construction
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Physics
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