HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $21.29 per hour nationwide. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by around half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,655 - $72,318
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,287
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$14.27 - $31.10
(Median)
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,655 - $72,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$3,250  
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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$30,815 - $73,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.27 - $31.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.22  
Overtime
$20.85 - $46.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,815 - $73,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 994
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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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Many HVAC Refrigeration Technicians move into a Refrigeration Mechanic role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Refrigeration Mechanics on average bring in a similar salary to HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most frequently advance into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic and HVAC Mechanic roles even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Source Refrigeration, where the average salary comes to $62K.

For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, below-average salaries can be found at Sears Holdings Corporation; in fact, average earnings are around $52K, the lowest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($36K versus $65K) is great.

Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Survey results suggest that HVAC Refrigeration Technicians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Commercial are, more often than not, also skilled in Systems Troubleshooting.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. 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

National Average: $49,328

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For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 58 percent above the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Cleveland (+21 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). In Milwaukee, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (9 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries



Systems Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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