Refrigeration Mechanic Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Refrigeration Mechanics earn an average of $20.39 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,858 - $66,948
(Median)
$27K
$43K
$67K
MEDIAN: $43,057
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$14.85 - $30.28
(Median)
$15
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,858 - $66,948  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
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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$32,033 - $68,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.85 - $30.28  
   
Overtime
$21.34 - $46.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,883  
   
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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$32,033 - $68,699  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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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' 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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Refrigeration Mechanics typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


For many Refrigeration Mechanics, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. For Refrigeration Mechanics, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K.

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Experience Affects Refrigeration Mechanic Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

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 8%

National Average
$46,000

System Repair
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Commercial
up arrow 27%

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
24%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 14%
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