Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Refrigeration Mechanics earn an average of $23.22 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Refrigeration Mechanics, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,578 - $77,844
$33K
$51K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,569
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90%

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$15.54 - $32.76
$16
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,578 - $77,844  
   
Bonus
$490.68 - $5,038  
Profit Sharing
$750  
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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$33,635 - $82,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.54 - $32.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.62  
Overtime
$22.51 - $47.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$490.68 - $5,038  
   
Commission
$125.00  
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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$33,635 - $82,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 291

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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.

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Refrigeration Mechanics' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like HVAC Refrigeration Technician. Median pay for HVAC Refrigeration Technicians is $47K.

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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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $43K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. Refrigeration Mechanics claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Refrigeration Mechanic generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $58K.

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Key Stats for Refrigeration Mechanic

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Equipment Maintenance
up arrow 47%

Electronic Troubleshooting
up arrow 3%


National Average
$52,000

System Repair
up arrow 9%

Refrigeration
up arrow 11%

Commercial
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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