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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $20.60 per hour. In the world of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $2K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $30K and $72K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career duration, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by nearly one-half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,121 - $72,804
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,115
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$13.78 - $30.74
(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
$30,121 - $72,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
Profit Sharing
$490.35 - $4,848  
Commission
$1,000 - $4,913  
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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$30,081 - $72,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.78 - $30.74  
   
Overtime
$19.41 - $46.30  
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 - $2,018  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $4,913  
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).
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$30,081 - $72,456  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 814
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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 may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Refrigeration Mechanic. Refrigeration Mechanics on average make about as much as HVAC Refrigeration Technicians do. Many HVAC Refrigeration Technicians choose to become Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics and HVAC Mechanics as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $10K less and $4K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Sears Holdings Corporation reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $52K) but some workers make up to $65K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $46K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Cincinnati (+20 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Los Angeles, 12 percent below the national average. Employers in San Antonio and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 9 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 159 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
20%
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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