Refrigeration Mechanic Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Refrigeration Mechanics in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.46 per hour. Pay starts at $14.16 per hour and can approach $27.89 on the higher side. The greater part enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to about half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Refrigeration Mechanic Salary (?
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$28,281 - $61,707
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MEDIAN: $43,379
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Refrigeration Mechanic Salary (?
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$14.16 - $27.89
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,281 - $61,707  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,993  
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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$31,718 - $62,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 40
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.16 - $27.89  
   
Overtime
$19.74 - $40.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,993  
   
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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$31,718 - $62,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 237
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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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Typical Refrigeration Mechanics report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Systems Troubleshooting can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 11 percent more than the national average, respectively. Those listing Commercial as a skill 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 is overall a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation—more experience does not yield dramatically higher pay—and pay raises are largely incremental. Starting out, salaries fall in the $38K range but grow to $47K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $51K. As Refrigeration Mechanics reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a quarter of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 16 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$45,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Systems Troubleshooting
up arrow 11%
National Average
$45,000
System Repair
up arrow 2%
Commercial
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 16%