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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 $20.36 per hour in the United States. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Work is enjoyable for Refrigeration Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,488 - $61,777
(Median)
$26K
$44K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,667
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$14.77 - $30.24
(Median)
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$20
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,488 - $61,777  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$32,284 - $66,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $30.24  
   
Overtime
$21.31 - $45.66  
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 - $2,534  
   
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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$32,284 - $66,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244

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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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Refrigeration Mechanics typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


Refrigeration Mechanics with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. Refrigeration Mechanics see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Refrigeration Mechanics who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $53K.

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If you are going to work in this field wait until it is close to the end of you career to work for the government.

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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 7%

National Average
$46,000

System Repair
up arrow 5%

Commercial
up arrow 27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 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: 52% employee benefits None: 14%