HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary
|Salary||$30,005 - $80,561|
|Bonus||$290.87 - $5,171|
|Commission||$985 - $12,365|
|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).)
|$31,594 - $76,215|
|Hourly Rate||$14.66 - $32.17|
|Overtime||$22.16 - $48.70|
|Bonus||$290.87 - $5,171|
|Commission||$985 - $12,365|
|Total Pay (||$31,594 - $76,215|
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.Read More...
Building contractors may also enlist the services of an HVAC refrigeration technician when installing climate control or refrigeration systems in a new building or residence. They may also call a technician in when performing a renovation or remodel that requires an upgrade to existing systems.
Additionally, many companies that specialize in HVAC repair offer service and maintenance contracts; in these cases, the HVAC refrigeration technician performs regular inspections and reviews of client equipment. Should the technician notice any defects that require repair, they must note them in a report to be filed with both the client and the HVAC company. HVAC refrigeration technicians typically work during regular business hours, but they must also normally be willing to work rotating “on-call” shifts for companies that provide 24-hour service.
To work as an HVAC refrigeration technician, a high school diploma or equivalent is typically required, as well as technical school or vocational training in the field. Companies generally require experience at an assistant or junior level before hiring HVAC refrigerator technicians who are in charge of executing more complex assessments, estimates, and repairs. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
HVAC Refrigeration Technician Tasks
- Repair and rebuild complex commercial HVAC and environmental systems, touring and inspecting regularly.
- Keep all HVAC and mechanical rooms clean, orderly, and organized.
- Calibrate thermostats and ensure appropriate temperatures are maintained.
- Oversee outside contractors and HVAC technicians to ensure timely service and performance.
Common Career Paths for HVAC Refrigeration Technician
HVAC Refrigeration Technicians' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Refrigeration Mechanic. On average, Refrigeration Mechanics get paid about the same as HVAC Refrigeration Technicians do. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most often advance into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic and HVAC Mechanic positions even though the median salaries are $12K lower and $6K lower, respectively.
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Source Refrigeration leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K.
Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician
HVAC Refrigeration Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Refrigeration, Controls, Commercial, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in System Repair tend to be well versed in Commercial.
Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Refrigeration Technician
Pay by Experience for an HVAC Refrigeration Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Refrigeration Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 352 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Refrigeration Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 226 salaries. An experienced HVAC Refrigeration Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 252 salaries. An HVAC Refrigeration Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 211 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Las Vegas and 11 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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