HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States, bringing in about $21.82 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Most HVAC Refrigeration Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,339 - $77,552
$30K
$49K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,166
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50%
90%

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$14.63 - $31.52
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,339 - $77,552  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
Commission
$966 - $12,255  
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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$31,408 - $75,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.63 - $31.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$21.92 - $47.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$966 - $12,255  
Profit Sharing
$2,750  
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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$31,408 - $75,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 800

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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

  • Repair and rebuild complex commercial HVAC and environmental systems, touring and inspecting regularly.
  • Keep all HVAC and mechanical rooms clean, orderly, and organized.
  • Calibrate thermostats and ensure appropriate temperatures are maintained.
  • Oversee outside contractors and HVAC technicians to ensure timely service and performance.

Common Career Paths for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


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HVAC Refrigeration Technicians' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Refrigeration Mechanic. On average, Refrigeration Mechanics get paid about the same as HVAC Refrigeration Technicians do. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most often move into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic or HVAC Mechanic roles. However, the former pays $11K less on average, and the latter pays $6K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Source Refrigeration leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $62K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Refrigeration, Controls, Commercial, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,717

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+14 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Dallas (+6 percent), and Atlanta (+5 percent). Trailing the national average by 18 percent, Houston is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Milwaukee (12 percent less) and Las Vegas (11 percent less).

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Key Stats for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

▲17%

▲12%

▲1%

National Average
$50,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

Refrigeration
▲14%

▲4%

▲3%


System Repair
▼0%

Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

HVAC System Design
▼2%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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