HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians earn an average of $21.99 per hour. While career duration and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Although approximately one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,005 - $80,561
$30K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $49,710
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$14.66 - $32.17
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MEDIAN: $21.99
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$0$80K
Salary $30,005 - $80,561
Bonus $290.87 - $5,171
Profit Sharing $3,250
Commission $985 - $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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$31,594 - $76,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 124
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $14.66 - $32.17
Hourly Tips $0.80
Overtime $22.16 - $48.70
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $290.87 - $5,171
Commission $985 - $12,365
Profit Sharing $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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$31,594 - $76,215
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 703

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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 advance into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic and HVAC Mechanic positions even though the median salaries are $12K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

HVAC Refrigeration Technician Job Listings

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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Refrigeration, Controls, Commercial, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. Those educated in System Repair tend to be well versed in 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: $50,193

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

For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 53 percent above the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Phoenix (+13 percent), Boston (+7 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 13 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee. Employers pay around 12 percent less in Las Vegas and 11 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

HVAC Refrigeration Technician Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a HVAC Refrigeration Technician?

HVAC Refrigeration Technician in Columbus:
"Decent paying, hands on, technical."
Pros: Hands on, rewarding, use learnt skills, helping people, traveling.
Cons: Long hours, call outs, work in all weather conditions, stressful,

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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 114 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

▲18%

▲12%

▼0%

National Average
$50,000

▼22%

Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

Refrigeration
▲13%

▲3%

▲1%


National Average
$50,000

System Repair
▼1%



HVAC System Design
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 114 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
no benefits
None: 25%
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