HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary (United States)

Male HVAC Refrigeration Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.17 per hour in the United States. Pay ranges from $13.53 per hour on the low end to $30.20 on the higher side. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Although most have medical coverage and about half have dental coverage, 27 percent claim no health benefits at all. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary (?
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$29,765 - $70,779
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MEDIAN: $46,962
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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary (?
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$13.53 - $30.20
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,765 - $70,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
Profit Sharing
$492.25 - $4,122  
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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$29,686 - $71,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.53 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$19.11 - $45.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$492.25 - $4,122  
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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$29,686 - $71,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 673
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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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Additional career progression does not lead to a big boost in pay for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. At the upper end, those who move into a Refrigeration Mechanic role will bring in a similar salary to their current position. More commonly, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians take pay cuts as they move into roles as Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics or HVAC Mechanics, making $8,928 or $3,030 less per year, respectively.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

Survey results show that HVAC Refrigeration Technicians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 12 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people who know System Repair also know Commercial.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians increases steadily with experience. Salaries start at $37K, which grows to $45K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $53K. Salaries grow more slowly as HVAC Refrigeration Technicians approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $56K. The largest number of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for 10 to 20 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$47,000
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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Seattle, New York, Las Vegas, and Chicago are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with HVAC Refrigeration Technicians earning around 18 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 3 percent more than average. In Atlanta, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

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$47,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 27%