Refrigeration Mechanic Salary

Male Refrigeration Mechanics number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.33 per hour in the United States. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Refrigeration Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,075 - $72,793

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$14.90 - $30.30

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,075 - $72,793  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
Total Pay (?
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$32,297 - $69,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.90 - $30.30  
   
Overtime
$21.13 - $46.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
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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$32,297 - $69,691  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 274
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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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Refrigeration Mechanics report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Equipment Maintenance, Systems Troubleshooting, System Repair, and Commercial are correlated to pay that is above average. Commercial and System Repair, on the other hand, are typically associated with much 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $47K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Refrigeration Mechanics make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 12%

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 6%

National Average
$46,000

System Repair
up arrow 4%

Commercial
up arrow 26%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%
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