Career Profile

Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics

Education Postsecondary nondegree award
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $49,000
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers work on heating, ventilation, cooling, and refrigeration systems.

General Information

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

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 214 openings per year are projected for Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics.


Employment Change

Employment for Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 14.8% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $23.56/hour. Entry level workers are paid $16.67, while experienced workers are paid $27.01. The median wage is comparable to average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 1,580 Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 1,814.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics are Building Equipment Contractors, Direct Selling Establishments, and Elementary and Secondary Schools.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics include Mechanical, Customer and Personal Service, and Building and Construction.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Heating, A.C., & Refrigeration Mechanics is HS diploma or less. 20% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET