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Refrigeration Mechanic Salary

Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.24 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Refrigeration Mechanics enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,761 - $67,290
(Median)
$27K
$44K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,977
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$14.77 - $30.20
(Median)
$15
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,761 - $67,290  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
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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$32,072 - $68,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 48
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$21.24 - $45.78  
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 - $2,883  
   
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).
)
$32,072 - $68,366  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
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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.

Common Career Paths for Refrigeration Mechanic


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Refrigeration Mechanics who transition into an upper level HVAC Refrigeration Technician position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average HVAC Refrigeration Technician makes $47K a year.

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Survey takers who work as Refrigeration Mechanics usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Commercial can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Commercial and System Repair as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Refrigeration Mechanic

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


For many Refrigeration Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Refrigeration Mechanics who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $53K on average.

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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 8%

National Average
$46,000

System Repair
up arrow 4%

Commercial
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 13%
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