The Top 10 states for HVAC jobs list is in and you may be surprised at the results. Unlike other trades jobs list, this one is not dominated by the huge oil and gas producing states. The list comes from Emerson Climate Technologies and is compiled using employment data provided by the US Dept. of Labor, the US Census, and the Partnership for Air Conditioning, heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation, among other sources.
Topping the list this year is of all places California. While California may not be leading the way in jobs overall for the economy, the need to replace older, inefficient HVAC system seems to be Job-1 in the Golden State. Last year California added as many as 16,000 HVAC jobs to its economy, with 2000 of those being NATE certified. California also offers some of the highest wages in the country.
Ohio comes in second on the list. While new technologies like hydraulic fracturing have created many new jobs in the Buckeye state (Ohio is big in the natural gas fracking industry), the real reason for the increase in HVAC jobs is that Ohio has more accredited HVACR schools than any state in the country. Ohio is also a major player when it comes to wholesaler locations.
Florida comes in third. Aptly named the Sunshine State, Florida has more warm days than any other state in the nation save for Arizona. While wages are not as high as a state like California, cost of living is more in line with the national average and the high number of days needing cooling ranks right up there at the top. Florida also just past new York as the third most populous state in the nation.
Texas comes in 4th, the first of the big oil and gas producing states. While the boom in the oil business has led to the increase in HVAC jobs in Texas, it’s important to note that the Lone Star state is also the second most populous in the country. Texas saw a big increase in residential HVAC systems but a relatively lower increase when it came to commercial systems.
Rounding out the Top 5 is Illinois. Illinois does pay higher wages than the other son the list (except California) and does offer more wholesale locations than Ohio.
The Top 10 list in its entirety:
6. New York
8. New Jersey
9. North Carolina
States of mention that did not make the Top 10 list include Tennessee, which does rank in the top 10 among air conditioner sales. Also, Oklahoma came in second place for the most HVAC schools.