Male HVAC Refrigeration Technicians number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $21.94 per hour in the United States. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most HVAC Refrigeration Technicians. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and over one-half receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,906 - $75,344
(Median)
$30K
$48K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,365
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$14.61 - $31.40
(Median)
$15
$22
$31
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,906 - $75,344  
   
Bonus
$246.58 - $4,949  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Commission
$5.30 - $21,331  
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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$31,192 - $74,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.61 - $31.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.95  
Overtime
$21.90 - $47.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$246.58 - $4,949  
   
Commission
$5.30 - $21,331  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$31,192 - $74,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 796
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Refrigeration Mechanic. Median pay for Refrigeration Mechanics is $48K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians most often move into positions as Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics or HVAC Mechanics. Heating, AC, or Refrigeration Mechanics actually earn $11K less on average, however, and HVAC Mechanics earn $6K less per year than HVAC Refrigeration Technicians do.

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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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Refrigeration, Controls, Commercial, and Systems Troubleshooting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like HVAC System Design. Those proficient in System Repair are, more often than not, also skilled in Commercial.

Pay by Experience Level for HVAC Refrigeration Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $56K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,544

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Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians, 14 percent higher than the national average. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+11 percent), Boston (+11 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). HVAC Refrigeration Technicians in San Diego earn salaries far below the national average by 24 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Houston (18 percent lower) and Milwaukee (12 percent lower).

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Experience Affects HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect HVAC Refrigeration Technician Salaries

Refrigeration
up arrow 14%

Controls
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Commercial
up arrow 3%

Systems Troubleshooting
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System Repair
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Troubleshooting
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National Average
$50,000

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 2%

HVAC System Design
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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
2%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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