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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary (United States)

Men represent the vast majority of HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $20.17 per hour nationwide. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $2K and $4K, respectively — total cash payment to HVAC Refrigeration Technicians can bottom out near $30K or peak near $71K depending on individual performance. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, most have medical insurance and one-half receive dental plans. Most HVAC Refrigeration Technicians report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary (?
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$29,765 - $70,779
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MEDIAN: $46,962
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HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary (?
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$13.53 - $30.20
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,765 - $70,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
Profit Sharing
$492.25 - $4,122  
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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$29,686 - $71,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.53 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$19.11 - $45.09  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$492.25 - $4,122  
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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$29,686 - $71,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 673
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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' salaries tends to stay somewhat level when they assume higher-end positions like Refrigeration Mechanic. Refrigeration Mechanics get paid about the same as HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most frequently advance into Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanic and HVAC Mechanic roles even though the median salaries are $9K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

HVAC Refrigeration Technicians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Controls, Commercial, Troubleshooting, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 12 percent, 12 percent, 7 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Most people who know 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $37K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $45K. For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $53K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $56K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with more than 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

Boston
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New York
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National Average
$47,000
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For HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), New York (+10 percent), Las Vegas (+9 percent), and Chicago (+3 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta.

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

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$47,000

Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 136 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 27%