Refrigeration Mechanic Salary

Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $22.73 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although roughly a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,800 - $84,000
$32K
$50K
$84K
MEDIAN: $50,421
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50%
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$15.28 - $32.55
$15
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $22.73
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$31,800 - $84,000  
   
Bonus
$490.68 - $5,090  
Profit Sharing
$625  
Commission
$125.00  
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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$33,384 - $81,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.28 - $32.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.62  
Overtime
$22.21 - $46.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$490.68 - $5,090  
   
Commission
$125.00  
Profit Sharing
$625  
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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$33,384 - $81,918  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 276

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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

  • Inspect, diagnose, maintain and repair refrigeration units.
  • Assist with selection, connection, and installation of refrigeration units.
  • 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.

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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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $42K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Refrigeration Mechanic generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $59K.

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Key Stats for Refrigeration Mechanic

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
▲15%

Experienced
▲7%

Mid-Career
▲2%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
▲49%

Electronic Troubleshooting
▲2%

Systems Troubleshooting
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

System Repair
▼8%

Refrigeration
▼10%

Commercial
▼33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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