HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.80 per hour. Total cash earnings of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians range from $30K on the low end to $73K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $2K and $5K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. Although one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and around half get dental coverage, too. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,366 - $72,552

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$13.87 - $30.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,366 - $72,552  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,966  
Commission
$1,000 - $4,913  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,304 - $72,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.87 - $30.77  
   
Overtime
$19.74 - $45.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,992  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,966  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,304 - $72,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 867
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Job Description for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

HVAC is an industry acronym for “heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning.” An HVAC refrigeration technician works to install, repair, and maintain air conditioning systems for commercial and residential buildings. Additionally, they work with companies using larger industrial refrigeration systems (such as restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, and laboratories) to install new equipment and keep walk-in coolers and freezers operating at required safe temperatures. The HVAC refrigeration technician works with a number of coolant substances and processes, and they need to be familiar with relevant current and legacy technologies. The technician assesses problems with climate control and refrigeration systems and then writes up repair estimates for the customer. The technician is then expected to execute these repairs in a timely manner.

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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Tasks

  • Calibrate thermostats and ensure appropriate temperatures are maintained.
  • Oversee outside contractors and HVAC technicians to ensure timely service and performance.
  • Repair and rebuild complex commercial HVAC and environmental systems, touring and inspecting regularly.
  • Keep all HVAC and mechanical rooms clean, orderly, and organized.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


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HVAC Refrigeration Technicians may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Refrigeration Mechanic. Refrigeration Mechanics on average make about as much as HVAC Refrigeration Technicians do. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most often move into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic or HVAC Mechanic roles. However, the former pays $10K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Survey results imply that HVAC Refrigeration Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. For most people, competency in System Repair indicates knowledge of Commercial.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. On average, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 36 percent, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+28 percent), New York (+28 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 10 percent below the national average. Milwaukee and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries




System Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 163 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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