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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.62 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to HVAC Refrigeration Technicians can bottom out near $30K or peak near $73K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and the individual firm impact pay for this group, career duration is the most influential factor. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, around one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by half. For the most part, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,199 - $71,675
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $45,115
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$13.82 - $30.81
(Median)
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,199 - $71,675  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
Profit Sharing
$490.35 - $4,848  
Commission
$1,965 - $4,958  
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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$30,107 - $72,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.82 - $30.81  
   
Overtime
$19.57 - $46.36  
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 - $2,016  
   
Commission
$1,965 - $4,958  
Profit Sharing
$490.35 - $4,848  
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).
)
$30,107 - $72,534  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 801

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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. Many HVAC Refrigeration Technicians go on to become Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics or HVAC Mechanics despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $10K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Sears Holdings Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $50K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $65K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Survey results imply that HVAC Refrigeration Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+20 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 10 percent below the national average. Houston and Milwaukee are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 26%
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