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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

A sizeable majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.38 per hour. Total incomes of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $2K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $30K and $71K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and about one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by around half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$29,763 - $67,804
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MEDIAN: $45,139
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$13.69 - $30.37
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,763 - $67,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
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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$29,858 - $71,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.69 - $30.37  
   
Overtime
$19.41 - $46.08  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,009  
   
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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$29,858 - $71,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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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 sometimes move into a Refrigeration Mechanic role, where the salary is similar. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most often move into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic or HVAC Mechanic roles. However, the former pays $9K less on average, and the latter pays $4K less.

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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 between 8 percent and 14 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.


For many HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $37K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $45K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $53K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Philadelphia (+15 percent), New York (+14 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Atlanta and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries



National Average
$47,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 49%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 27%