HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians earn an average of $20.73 per hour. Total cash compensation to HVAC Refrigeration Technicians bottoms out near $30K and approaches $73K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. While career length and the specific company impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. About one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and one-half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,544 - $72,804
(Median)
$31K
$45K
$73K
MEDIAN: $45,394
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$13.83 - $30.73
(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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,544 - $72,804  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,966  
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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$30,328 - $72,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.83 - $30.73  
   
Overtime
$19.77 - $45.82  
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 - $2,000  
   
Commission
$1,000 - $4,913  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $4,966  
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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$30,328 - $72,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 855
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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.

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Popular Skills for HVAC Refrigeration Technician


HVAC Refrigeration Technicians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 9 percent. The majority of those 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.


For many HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $56K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+28 percent), New York (+28 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Denver (+14 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Workers in Milwaukee and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries



National Average
$48,000



Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries




System Repair
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Troubleshooting
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Electronic Troubleshooting
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National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 162 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: 72% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 26%
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