Salary Guide: Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technicians

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Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) Technicians install and repair heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems. Nationwide there are over 220,000 Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technicians who earn an average salary of $44,860.

Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technician training programs usually take between six months to two years to complete and are offered at secondary schools, technical and trade schools, and community and junior colleges. Licensure varies greatly by state and locality and there is often a separate license for refrigerator handling.

Find the Heating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technician programs in your area.

Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $36,800
Alaska: $57,960
Arizona: $43,890
Arkansas: $37,590
California: $50,720
Colorado: $47,540
Connecticut: $53,730
Delaware: $46,520
District of Columbia: $57,720
Florida: $39,320
Georgia: $39,580
Hawaii: $55,080
Idaho: $36,320
Illinois: $53,120
Indiana: $41,320
Iowa: $45,060
Kansas: $43,290
Kentucky: $36,600
Louisiana: $39,850
Maine: $42,380
Maryland: $49,440
Massachusetts: $54,600
Michigan: $46,520
Minnesota: $49,910
Mississippi: $33,530
Missouri: $41,080
Montana: $38,510
Nebraska: $41,260
Nevada: $48,530
New Hampshire: $46,210
New Jersey: $53,900
New Mexico: $40,680
New York: $52,210
North Carolina: $40,190
North Dakota: $44,190
Ohio: $48,120
Oklahoma: $39,170
Oregon: $47,930
Pennsylvania: $43,570
Rhode Island: $49,710
South Carolina: $36,690
South Dakota: $37,640
Tennessee: $39,080
Texas: $39,570
Utah: $44,360
Vermont: $39,050
Virginia: $44,510
Washington: $52,100
West Virginia: $33,100
Wisconsin: $44,250
Wyoming: $40,080

Salaries for Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $56,480
2. Los Angeles: $48,010
3. Chicago: $57,780
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $42,020
5. Philadelphia: $48,420
6. Houston: $43,600
7. Washington DC: $57,700
8. Miami: $43,390
9. Atlanta: $43,090
10. Boston: $56,850
11. San Francisco: $64,360
12. Detroit: $54,310
13. Riverside: $44,040
14. Phoenix: $45,640
15. Seattle: $57,310
16. Minneapolis: $52,220
17. San Diego: $52,850
18. St. Louis: $47,640
19. Tampa: $37,350
20. Baltimore: $49,140

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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