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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.50 per hour. Overall cash earnings for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians stretch from $30K on the lower end to $71K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and approximately one-half receive dental plans. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,150 - $69,428
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,659
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$13.78 - $30.56
(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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,150 - $69,428  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,027  
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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$30,043 - $71,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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
$13.78 - $30.56  
   
Overtime
$19.63 - $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 - $2,027  
   
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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$30,043 - $71,496  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 771

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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 advance into roles as Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics or HVAC Mechanics, but the median salaries are $10K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Those familiar with System Repair also tend to 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. 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 $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+21 percent), Seattle (+20 percent), San Diego (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, San Antonio is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Los Angeles and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 12 percent lower and 10 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 156 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 37% employee benefits None: 26%