Refrigeration Mechanic Salary

Men make up the majority of Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $20.84 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,163 - $76,856
(Median)
$25K
$47K
$77K
MEDIAN: $46,678
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90%

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$14.95 - $31.48
(Median)
$15
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$25,163 - $76,856  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,936  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$32,197 - $78,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.95 - $31.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.91  
Overtime
$21.11 - $47.92  
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
$0.00 - $2,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$750  
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).
)
$32,197 - $78,393  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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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Many Refrigeration Mechanics move into a HVAC Refrigeration Technician role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. HVAC Refrigeration Technicians on average bring in a similar salary to Refrigeration Mechanics.

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Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Refrigeration Mechanics who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Equipment Maintenance, Electronic Troubleshooting, Systems Troubleshooting, and System Repair are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 10 percent. 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 Refrigeration Mechanics, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $49K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K 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 $58K on average.

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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 10%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 9%


National Average
$49,000

System Repair
up arrow 19%

Commercial
up arrow 30%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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