HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Men account for the majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.71 per hour. Overall cash earnings for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians stretch from $30K on the lower end to $73K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $2K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career length and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Work is enjoyable for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and nearly one-half have dental coverage, one in four claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,344 - $72,680
(Median)
$30K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,253
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$13.81 - $30.87
(Median)
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,344 - $72,680  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,018  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $4,894  
Commission
$1,000 - $4,913  
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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$30,277 - $73,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.81 - $30.87  
   
Overtime
$19.60 - $46.26  
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 - $2,018  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $4,894  
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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$30,277 - $73,015  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 851
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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 sometimes move into a Refrigeration Mechanic role, where the salary is similar. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most often move into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic or HVAC Mechanic roles. However, the former pays $10K less on average, and the latter pays $4K less.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


Survey results suggest that HVAC Refrigeration Technicians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Systems Troubleshooting, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 10 percent. Most people experienced in 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.


For many HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $37K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $56K.

Pay Difference by Location


For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, Boston provides a pay rate that is 38 percent greater than the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), Columbus (+13 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Milwaukee (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

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National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 160 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
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 26%
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