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Refrigeration Mechanic Salary

Male Refrigeration Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.92 per hour in the United States. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately half. Work is enjoyable for Refrigeration Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,761 - $62,061
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $43,344
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$14.16 - $28.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$26,761 - $62,061  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$31,347 - $63,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $28.35  
   
Overtime
$19.65 - $41.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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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$31,347 - $63,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 234
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Job Description for Refrigeration Mechanic

Refrigeration mechanics work in a variety of facilities to repair, install, inspect, and maintain air conditioning and refrigeration appliances. These appliances may include exhaust systems, kitchen and food storage equipment, commercial grade washers and dryers, and heating systems. The day-to-day duties of refrigeration mechanics include checking for leaks in gas and refrigeration appliances, ensuring the movement and lubrication of bearings, and inspecting the condition of belts involved in appliances' motors. They assist other mechanics in their organization with electrical work, refrigeration and cooling unit installation, inspection and maintenance of gas lines and valves, and plumbing. Additionally, refrigeration mechanics are in charge of checking all electrical equipment to identify problems in control mechanisms, circuits, breakers, and valves. Depending on seniority, they may also supervise and train other mechanics. Most refrigeration mechanic positions are full time and may include benefits such as vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, and health benefits.

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Refrigeration Mechanic Tasks

  • Identify, order and install parts, new equipment or other needed items.
  • Interpret mechanical and construction diagrams to ensure safe set-up and operation of units.
  • Inspect, diagnose, maintain and repair refrigeration units.
  • Assist with selection, connection, and installation of refrigeration units.

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Typical Refrigeration Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Commercial can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Commercial and System Repair as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks.

Pay by Experience Level for Refrigeration Mechanic

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Refrigeration Mechanics make a median salary of $51K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $52K.

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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

National Average
$46,000

System Repair
up arrow 3%

Commercial
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%