HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Men make up the majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.29 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Nearly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and approximately one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,655 - $72,318
(Median)
$31K
$47K
$72K
MEDIAN: $47,287
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$14.27 - $31.10
(Median)
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,655 - $72,318  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$3,250  
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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$30,815 - $73,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 170
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.27 - $31.10  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.22  
Overtime
$20.85 - $46.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
   
Commission
$3,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,815 - $73,723  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 994
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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 who go on to become Refrigeration Mechanics may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Refrigeration Mechanic, an upper-level role, pays $48K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most frequently advance into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic and HVAC Mechanic roles even though the median salaries are $11K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians flock to Source Refrigeration for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $62K lead the pack in compensation.

Sears Holdings Corporation is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $52K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $36K while workers on the upper end may rake in $65K.

Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


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

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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $49K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. 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

National Average: $49,328

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For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 58 percent greater than the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Cleveland (+21 percent), Boston (+11 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 11 percent below the national average. San Antonio and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries



Systems Troubleshooting
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Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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