HVAC technicians, also referred to as HVAC mechanics, repair items like air conditioning units and furnaces. Professionals in this occupation also install new ventilation or refrigeration equipment for consumers and businesses. Job opportunities for HVAC technicians will increase by 28 percent from 2008 through 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
HVAC Technician National Earnings
As of May 2009, HVAC mechanics employed in the U.S. made an average annual salary of $43,670 and an average hourly wage of $21 according to the BLS. HVAC technicians earned a median annual salary of $41,100 and a median hourly wage of $19.76.
HVAC Technician Averages by Employer
HVAC technicians employed by building equipment contractor suppliers earned an average annual salary of $42,310 and an average hourly wage of $20.34 according to the May 2009 statistics released by the BLS. HVAC mechanics employed by companies that provide industrial and commercial equipment repair and maintenance services earned an average annual salary of $45,160 and an average hourly wage of $21.71, according to the BLS.
Highest Paying Areas for HVAC Technicians
HVAC mechanics working in Alaska, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the District of Columbia received higher earnings than the national average. As of May 2009, HVAC technician salaries in these areas ranged from $52,650 to $56,540 and hourly earnings ranged from $25.31 to $27.19. HVAC technicians working in metropolitan areas like the Napa, Oakland and San Jose areas in California, the Champaign area in Illinois and the Lowell area in Massachusetts earned the highest wages in the U.S. HVAC technician salaries in these metropolitan areas ranged from $62,050 to $70,220 and hourly wages ranged from $29.83 to $33.76, according to the BLS.
Highest Job Concentration Areas for HVAC Technicians
States with the highest job concentration of HVAC mechanics include Delaware, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. As of May 2009, HVAC technicians employed in these states made from $38,750 to $45,100 in annual wages and $18.63 to $21.68 in hourly wages, according to the BLS. Metropolitan areas with the highest job concentration of HVAC mechanics include Cape Coral, Panama City, Lakeland and Sebastian areas in Florida and the Harrisonburg area in Virginia. As of May 2009, HVAC technician salaries in these areas ranged from $31,220 to $38,910 and HVAC technician hourly wages in these ranged from $15.01 to $18.70, according to the BLS.
U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics