Career Summary for HVAC Mechanic

HVAC mechanics install, maintain and repair various types of climate control systems such as heating, refrigeration, ventilation and air conditioning systems. These systems are found in a wide range of venues from residential to commercial to industrial and warehouse. HVAC mechanics, or technicians, typically specialize by working primarily on heating systems or refrigeration systems. They often further specialize in a specific type of equipment, such as solar heating systems. The mechanic must have knowledge of all the components of a system and be able to systematically diagnose problems using the standard testing equipment and tools.

Only some states require licensure as a HVAC mechanic and the requirements across states and municipalities vary greatly. To become a HVAC mechanic, most candidates complete an educational program that is between 6 months and 2 years of study. These programs can be found at local community or junior colleges, trade schools and technical schools as well as the military. Most choose to enter an apprenticeship program whereby they get paid during their training and gain the necessary field work experience to become proficient.

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Metro Area Employment Data for HVAC

Employment info for HVAC, by major US metro area (2006 data). The Popularity Index shows how common jobs for HVAC are in the area. An Index of 1.0 means the area has an average number of people in the job compared to its population. A higher index indicates proportionally more jobs.

StateMetro AreaJobsMean SalaryPopularity Index
AlabamaAnniston80$29,7601.07
AlabamaAuburn140$28,4702.02
AlabamaBirmingham1,310$31,0101.4
AlabamaDecatur100$33,5601.13
AlabamaGadsden70$27,6901.46
AlabamaHuntsville420$30,6901.18
AlabamaMobile560$31,6401.84
AlabamaMontgomery300$34,8701.01
AlaskaAnchorage210$54,7600.73
AlaskaFairbanks90$49,2801.78
ArizonaPhoenix4,030$36,7801.16
ArizonaPrescott190$34,2701.84
ArizonaTucson860$38,2101.3
ArizonaYuma150$33,8701.64
ArkansasFayetteville350$30,8801.12
ArkansasFort Smith230$31,7501.1
ArkansasHot Springs130$30,3702.32
ArkansasLittle Rock590$33,5200.98
ArkansasPine Bluff60$31,3301.17
CaliforniaBakersfield250$38,6700.53
CaliforniaChico70$40,9900.55
CaliforniaEl Centro80$36,3101.02
CaliforniaFresno770$34,2901.29
CaliforniaLos Angeles3,180$44,1000.41
CaliforniaMerced50$37,7500.57
CaliforniaModesto190$44,3200.62
CaliforniaNapa40$51,6500.38
CaliforniaOakland1,660$47,7900.84
CaliforniaOxnard340$47,0400.61
CaliforniaRedding180$42,2801.6
CaliforniaRiverside2,620$42,0101.07
CaliforniaSacramento1,370$45,1400.8
CaliforniaSalinas80$58,3300.29
CaliforniaSan Diego1,830$48,1600.73
CaliforniaSan Jose680$61,0800.4
CaliforniaSan Luis Obispo80$46,5100.44
CaliforniaSanta Ana1,340$47,9900.46
CaliforniaSanta Barbara120$46,7800.39
CaliforniaSanta Cruz100$53,5000.69
CaliforniaSanta Rosa400$45,2301.14
CaliforniaStockton280$43,0200.74
CaliforniaVallejo60$48,8500.26
CaliforniaVisalia270$37,4301.16
CaliforniaYuba City90$37,3001.43
ColoradoColorado Springs560$40,5301.24
ColoradoDenver1,710$45,0300.75
ColoradoFort Collins430$37,1902.08
ColoradoGreeley110$43,8500.94
ColoradoPueblo230$32,2303.01
ConnecticutBridgeport910$48,3201.13
ConnecticutDanbury250$43,0502.23
ConnecticutHartford1,410$49,0501.36
ConnecticutNew Haven560$47,9401.11
ConnecticutNorwich190$42,9700.89
ConnecticutWaterbury140$45,7501.2
DelawareDover130$35,6301.39
DelawareWilmington770$43,6501.26
District of ColumbiaWashington4,460$45,8101.02
FloridaCape Coral1,500$34,2103.83
FloridaDeltona560$32,2701.95
FloridaFort Lauderdale2,440$35,8901.76
FloridaFort Walton Beach170$37,7501.26
FloridaGainesville220$31,3101.11
FloridaJacksonville1,670$36,8201.5
FloridaLakeland790$31,6202.17
FloridaMiami1,780$37,1100.98
FloridaNaples170$35,2500.77
FloridaOcala370$32,8202.31
FloridaOrlando2,510$33,5701.28
FloridaPalm Bay630$33,5001.75
FloridaPensacola760$32,8902.74
FloridaPort St Lucie350$30,3201.64
FloridaPunta Gorda160$32,8402.42
FloridaSarasota1,030$34,9001.94
FloridaTallahassee510$31,0801.79
FloridaTampa4,050$35,9701.75
FloridaWest Palm Beach1,430$34,0101.39
GeorgiaAlbany90$31,9500.91
GeorgiaAthens100$37,9700.86
GeorgiaAtlanta3,460$37,5800.78
GeorgiaAugusta370$28,1400.99
GeorgiaColumbus130$34,5300.7
GeorgiaMacon40$39,4100.25
GeorgiaRome30$33,4300.53
GeorgiaValdosta80$30,4701.11
HawaiiHonolulu490$44,8800.63
IdahoBoise670$38,0601.51
IllinoisBloomington170$36,3201.47
IllinoisChampaign80$36,7900.54
IllinoisChicago5,210$47,9700.73
IllinoisKankakee40$50,7000.64
IllinoisPeoria220$49,5500.73
IllinoisRockford240$52,2500.9
IllinoisSpringfield210$38,5001.16
IndianaAnderson60$33,0101.08
IndianaBloomington250$33,1802.32
IndianaColumbus100$39,5701.73
IndianaElkhart110$34,7600.47
IndianaEvansville310$42,3200.99
IndianaFort Wayne300$39,4000.78
IndianaGary790$40,9401.57
IndianaIndianapolis1,650$41,7800.99
IndianaKokomo180$41,7403.07
IndianaMichigan City110$43,0701.55
IndianaMuncie90$31,9901.22
IndianaTerre Haute190$36,4601.72
IowaAmes100$30,1001.9
IowaCedar Rapids230$38,4401.01
IowaDavenport160$41,0400.48
IowaDes Moines500$40,2400.87
IowaDubuque50$34,9900.6
IowaIowa City120$33,0501.13
IowaSioux City210$37,3201.8
IowaWaterloo120$40,6000.87
KansasLawrence200$37,7402.94
KansasTopeka140$44,2800.76
KansasWichita370$40,1200.74
KentuckyBowling Green140$31,1701.73
KentuckyElizabethtown120$32,3101.88
KentuckyLexington530$36,2801.25
KentuckyLouisville840$34,9600.76
LouisianaAlexandria110$35,4201.13
LouisianaBaton Rouge590$31,4400.9
LouisianaLafayette250$26,6901.09
LouisianaLake Charles110$35,0800.8
LouisianaNew Orleans860$35,1301.04
LouisianaShreveport500$34,8501.75
MaineBangor120$36,0401.14
MaineLewiston90$40,7501.17
MainePortland430$39,8801.21
MarylandBaltimore3,420$43,0101.42
MarylandBethesda1,450$47,3901.39
MarylandCumberland100$37,5301.84
MarylandHagerstown300$34,6801.84
MarylandSalisbury200$36,3602.33
MassachusettsBarnstable Town210$41,7501.19
MassachusettsBoston3,120$49,9300.99
MassachusettsBrockton390$48,4702.55
MassachusettsFramingham360$53,1301.34
MassachusettsHaverhill330$38,5102.5
MassachusettsLawrence150$37,2201.69
MassachusettsLeominster80$42,5500.96
MassachusettsPittsfield60$41,5301.15
MassachusettsSpringfield360$44,8100.66
MassachusettsWorcester580$44,8101.28
MichiganAnn Arbor250$57,2600.82
MichiganDetroit1,590$48,9501.21
MichiganFlint160$47,1000.67
MichiganGrand Rapids610$43,2300.86
MichiganKalamazoo250$52,2901.03
MichiganLansing240$47,3800.73
MichiganWarren2,130$47,0300.95
MinnesotaDuluth140$45,6800.62
MinnesotaMinneapolis1,770$49,5600.52
MississippiGulfport250$31,8201.54
MississippiJackson330$31,2000.72
MissouriColumbia90$50,0300.76
MissouriJoplin80$26,5100.64
MissouriKansas City1,660$45,2200.88
MissouriSpringfield500$34,1301.59
MissouriSt Joseph170$30,0402.65
MissouriSt Louis2,830$43,0201.15
MontanaBillings130$26,6500.93
MontanaGreat Falls80$47,4801.65
MontanaMissoula50$42,4200.57
NebraskaLincoln300$39,0501.09
NebraskaOmaha940$40,2301.12
NevadaCarson City70$38,5701.58
NevadaLas Vegas2,020$45,1701.17
NevadaReno460$43,1901.23
New HampshireManchester440$45,1402.55
New HampshireNashua310$41,5601.32
New HampshirePortsmouth300$42,8503.36
New HampshireRochester200$39,0302.43
New JerseyAtlantic City270$46,8301.12
New JerseyCamden1,280$44,7601.26
New JerseyEdison1,480$47,3900.76
New JerseyNewark2,800$49,3801.48
New JerseyVineland80$41,4900.8
New MexicoAlbuquerque730$36,0401.06
New YorkAlbany930$40,0001.15
New YorkBuffalo1,260$39,9501.28
New YorkGlens Falls100$37,7601.17
New YorkIthaca40$31,0200.81
New YorkKingston270$36,4902.76
New YorkNassau3,730$48,8001.62
New YorkNew York7,760$51,8100.82
New YorkPoughkeepsie860$42,8601.98
New YorkSyracuse430$45,3400.74
New YorkUtica130$32,8300.58
North CarolinaAsheville370$33,7901.22
North CarolinaCharlotte1,990$40,5301.31
North CarolinaDurham290$40,8100.65
North CarolinaGoldsboro130$31,0102.16
North CarolinaGreensboro950$36,2301.41
North CarolinaGreenville200$26,6701.92
North CarolinaHickory200$31,1000.66
North CarolinaJacksonville210$29,5703.53
North CarolinaRaleigh920$39,4901.03
North CarolinaWilmington580$28,1602.47
North CarolinaWinston Salem390$36,1701.04
North DakotaBismarck140$37,9601.47
North DakotaFargo330$30,9901.71
North DakotaGrand Forks110$38,9701.37
OhioAkron550$31,7500.9
OhioCanton350$33,2901.11
OhioCincinnati1,700$41,4900.86
OhioCleveland1,470$41,3300.73
OhioColumbus1,740$38,8901.03
OhioDayton750$39,7001
OhioMansfield70$38,4700.78
OhioSandusky110$35,4102.07
OhioSpringfield180$38,1202.42
OhioToledo520$38,6100.88
OhioYoungstown250$41,2900.59
OklahomaOklahoma City970$33,1200.93
OklahomaTulsa1,120$38,8701.47
OregonCorvallis40$39,3001.06
OregonPortland1,380$44,0900.74
OregonSalem330$40,1801.31
PennsylvaniaAllentown840$40,9001.38
PennsylvaniaAltoona100$26,6701.01
PennsylvaniaErie130$45,2400.59
PennsylvaniaHarrisburg720$39,0401.35
PennsylvaniaJohnstown130$40,0001.42
PennsylvaniaLancaster520$38,5301.23
PennsylvaniaLebanon230$49,8503.47
PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia4,160$44,8601.16
PennsylvaniaPittsburgh2,100$36,4300.99
PennsylvaniaReading390$44,4701.35
PennsylvaniaScranton500$37,1301.08
PennsylvaniaState College230$34,3702.6
PennsylvaniaWilliamsport110$36,8901.4
PennsylvaniaYork440$40,3301.37
Rhode IslandProvidence1,610$46,6001.56
South CarolinaAnderson40$34,2300.47
South CarolinaCharleston630$35,0901.23
South CarolinaColumbia720$31,3601.15
South CarolinaFlorence170$35,9901.2
South CarolinaGreenville680$36,2801.26
South CarolinaMyrtle Beach290$30,8901.45
South CarolinaSpartanburg380$33,6101.93
South CarolinaSumter110$31,6302.19
South DakotaSioux Falls420$38,7301.85
TennesseeChattanooga850$29,9902.04
TennesseeClarksville310$29,1802.51
TennesseeKingsport400$28,8602.05
TennesseeKnoxville1,140$27,6901.92
TennesseeMemphis850$38,2300.75
TennesseeNashville940$37,0000.67
TexasAbilene130$36,3701.31
TexasAmarillo270$36,7701.62
TexasAustin1,910$36,5101.44
TexasBeaumont490$38,8201.77
TexasBrownsville240$23,2801.13
TexasCollege Station180$33,3301.49
TexasCorpus Christi610$39,0802.06
TexasDallas4,570$40,1401.2
TexasEl Paso330$32,7300.76
TexasFort Worth1,790$36,8401.19
TexasHouston5,050$38,3901.12
TexasKilleen300$31,9201.55
TexasLaredo140$21,6101.17
TexasLongview130$32,3000.87
TexasLubbock280$34,5201.43
TexasMcallen300$24,0900.79
TexasMidland100$47,3701.13
TexasOdessa130$35,3701.57
TexasSan Angelo190$26,0503.25
TexasSan Antonio2,130$33,3301.46
TexasTexarkana110$34,1801.27
TexasWaco230$34,4601.41
TexasWichita Falls260$40,4502.72
UtahOgden790$36,1902.49
UtahProvo230$35,7300.82
UtahSalt Lake City960$37,7900.86
VermontBurlington250$40,5301.38
VirginiaCharlottesville430$31,5403.1
VirginiaDanville140$32,7202.4
VirginiaHarrisonburg180$34,3902.3
VirginiaLynchburg340$34,2902.06
VirginiaRichmond1,480$38,3601.3
VirginiaRoanoke650$32,2402.35
VirginiaVirginia Beach2,590$33,9801.83
VirginiaWinchester230$30,3702.85
WashingtonKennewick120$40,7800.84
WashingtonLongview30$35,0800.62
WashingtonMount Vernon80$36,6301.17
WashingtonOlympia160$48,7101.01
WashingtonSeattle1,420$52,0100.56
WashingtonSpokane480$40,7701.3
WashingtonTacoma550$46,6601.17
WashingtonYakima80$43,4300.59
West VirginiaCharleston230$29,9800.9
West VirginiaHuntington310$25,5301.57
West VirginiaParkersburg190$30,8301.59
West VirginiaWeirton60$31,3500.87
West VirginiaWheeling100$33,6300.95
WisconsinAppleton180$42,9900.94
WisconsinEau Claire130$39,1001.02
WisconsinGreen Bay550$39,0501.86
WisconsinJanesville110$42,4900.98
WisconsinLa Crosse180$46,4901.57
WisconsinMadison570$41,9100.97
WisconsinMilwaukee1,120 0.7
WisconsinSheboygan180$47,7302.01
WisconsinWausau110$34,3800.96
 

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