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2,045 Yearly Graduations
$34,050 Median Salary
$13,000 Median Debt
There are 235 schools in the United States where you can get your associate's degree in HVACR. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were male, and 32 were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 0.5% of HVACR graduates were international students.

Education Levels of HVACR Majors

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 2,045 students earned their associate's degree in HVACR. This earns it the #56 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in HVACR at each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 10,745
Basic Certificate 7,095
Associate’s Degree 2,045

Earnings of HVACR Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in HVACR is $34,050. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

To get a better picture, earnings for this category of people can range from a low of $30,775 to a high of $41,075.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in HVACR is $13,000. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $17,599 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $11,764.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $135.

Student Diversity

More men than women pursue associate's degrees in HVACR. About 97.4% of graduates in this field are male.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 1,991
Women 54
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in HVACR

The racial-ethnic distribution of HVACR associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 56
Black or African American 228
Hispanic or Latino 276
White 1,295
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 179
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of HVACR Associate's Degree Students

There are 235 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in HVACR. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
103 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
13% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Each year, around 72,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The HVACR program at Ivy Tech Community College awarded 103 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 13% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 4% were women.

#2

Intellitec College - Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado
69 Yearly Graduations
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Intellitec College - Colorado Springs is the 2nd most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. The HVACR program at Intellitec College - Colorado Springs awarded 69 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#3

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

Visalia, California
46 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
57% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. Roughly 6,600 attend the school each year. The HVACR program at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia awarded 46 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 57% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 4% were women.

#4

New Castle School of Trades

New Castle, Pennsylvania
41 Yearly Graduations
5% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

New Castle School of Trades comes in at #4 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 41 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from New Castle School of Trades.

#5

Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
40 Yearly Graduations
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 5th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The HVACR program at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology awarded 40 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#6

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
37 Yearly Graduations
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Pennsylvania College of Technology comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $14,670 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $14,670 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Penn College.

#6

Hennepin Technical College

Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
37 Yearly Graduations
11% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hennepin Technical College is the 6th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. Each year, around 4,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The HVACR program at Hennepin Technical College awarded 37 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 11% of this group were women, and 24% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

37 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Hudson Valley Community College comes in at #6 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. Each year, around 10,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 37 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at HVCC. Of these students, 3% were women and 14% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#9

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
34 Yearly Graduations
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Northern Virginia Community College is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Northern Virginia Community College.

34 Yearly Graduations
94% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. The HVACR program at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology awarded 34 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#11

Moraine Valley Community College

Palos Hills, Illinois
32 Yearly Graduations
3% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Moraine Valley Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in HVACR. Each year, around 13,000 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 32 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at MVCC. Of these students, 3% were women and 19% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#12

Clover Park Technical College

Lakewood, Washington
29 Yearly Graduations
7% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Clover Park Technical College is the 12th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. Roughly 3,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 29 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at CPTC. About 7% of this group were women, and 28% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

26 Yearly Graduations
4% Women
4% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of Northwestern Ohio is the 13th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. Roughly 3,200 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $10,566 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,714 per year.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at University of Northwestern Ohio. Of these students, 4% were women and 4% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#14

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School

Washington, Pennsylvania
25 Yearly Graduations
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School is the 14th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. The HVACR program at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School awarded 25 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#15

Gwinnett Technical College

Lawrenceville, Georgia
24 Yearly Graduations
83% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Gwinnett Technical College. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from GTC.

#16

Georgia Piedmont Technical College

Clarkston, Georgia
23 Yearly Graduations
96% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Georgia Piedmont Technical College is the 16th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their associate's degree in HVACR from Georgia Piedmont Technical College.

#16

Eastern Arizona College

Thatcher, Arizona
23 Yearly Graduations
30% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 16th most popular school in the country for HVACR majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Eastern Arizona College. The HVACR program at Eastern Arizona College awarded 23 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

Wake Technical Community College

Raleigh, North Carolina
22 Yearly Graduations
50% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wake Technical Community College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. The HVACR program at Wake Technical Community College awarded 22 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

#18

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
22 Yearly Graduations
9% Women
41% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Tidewater Community College is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 22 associate's degrees were handed out to HVACR majors at Tidewater Community College. Around 41% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 9% were women.

#20

Rosedale Technical College

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
21 Yearly Graduations
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Rosedale Technical College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in HVACR. The HVACR program at Rosedale Technical College awarded 21 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year.

Below are some popular majors that are similar to HVACR that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 14,505
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 1,809
Heavy Equipment Maintenance 1,599
Precision Systems Maintenance 825
Other Mechanic Technologies 742

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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