HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Male HVAC Refrigeration Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.73 per hour in the United States. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by experience level and the particular employer. While some workers in this profession — roughly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,293 - $77,021
$30K
$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $49,141
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50%
90%

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$14.60 - $31.68
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$30,293 - $77,021  
   
Bonus
$247.47 - $5,051  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
Commission
$961 - $12,365  
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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$31,296 - $75,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $31.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.80  
Overtime
$21.93 - $47.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$247.47 - $5,051  
   
Commission
$961 - $12,365  
Profit Sharing
$3,500  
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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$31,296 - $75,914  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 739

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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 tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Refrigeration Mechanic. The two jobs pay about the same on average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most frequently become Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics and HVAC Mechanics even though median compensation is $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.

Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Refrigeration, Controls, Commercial, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know System Repair also know Commercial.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

Pay by Experience for an HVAC Refrigeration Technician has a positive trend. An entry-level HVAC Refrigeration Technician with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 352 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An HVAC Refrigeration Technician with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 226 salaries. An experienced HVAC Refrigeration Technician which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 252 salaries. An HVAC Refrigeration Technician with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 211 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,639

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Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, 55 percent above the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+17 percent), Phoenix (+14 percent), Boston (+8 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Milwaukee is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Las Vegas and 10 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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 93 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

▲19%

▲13%

▲1%

National Average
$50,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

Refrigeration
▲14%

▲4%

▲2%



System Repair
▼0%

National Average
$50,000


HVAC System Design
▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
no benefits
None: 26%