HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the in the United States, bringing in about $20.17 per hour. Compensation ranges from $13.53 per hour on the low end to $30.20 on the high end. Overall cash allowance, which can include more than $2,020 from bonuses and close to $4,122 from profit sharing—generally runs from $29,765 to $70,779. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Some workers in this field—27 percent—are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by most and dental plans are enjoyed by about half. For the most part, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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  
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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  
PayScale
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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For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, career progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most often move into positions as Heat, AC, Refrigeration Mechanics or HVAC Mechanics, where they typically take pay cuts of $8,928 or $3,030 per year.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

HVAC Refrigeration Technicians seem to require a number of specific 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 familiar with 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.
For many but not all HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Salaries start at $37K, which grows to $45K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $53K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and HVAC Refrigeration Technicians at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $56K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with more than 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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New York
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National Average
$47,000
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HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), New York (+10 percent), Las Vegas (+9 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). 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

National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

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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%
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