Ammonia refrigeration technicians, also called ammonia refrigeration mechanics, install, maintain and repair specific types of industrial and commercial refrigeration systems in settings such as factories, warehouses and dairies. Some ammonia refrigeration technicians work directly for these companies, while others work for firms that provide refrigeration system services to various businesses. More than half of all ammonia refrigeration technicians earn at least $20 an hour, as of 2010.
The average salary for ammonia refrigeration technicians as of May 2010 was $21.57 per hour, or $44,860 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median salary, or the number in the middle of all the salary figures for ammonia refrigeration technicians, was $20.45 per hour, or $42,530 per year. The bottom 10 percent had wages of $12.74 per hour and less, and the top 10 percent were making $32.18 per hour and higher, or $66,930 per year and more.
The top-paying state for ammonia refrigeration technicians in 2010 was Alaska, where their average salary was $57,960 per year. Rounding out the Top Five areas by state or district were the District of Columbia at $57,720 per year, Hawaii at $55,080, Massachusetts at $54,600 and New Jersey at $53,900.
High-Paying Metro Areas
The Champaign-Urbana area of Illinois was the top-paying metropolitan area for ammonia refrigeration technicians in 2010, with an average salary for these workers of $75,200 per year. Napa, California, ranked in second place, at $69,470, and the Oakland-Fremont-Hayward area of California ranked third at $66,460. The greater Cleveland area of Ohio was fourth at $63,820 per year and the Vallejo-Fairfield area of California was fifth at $62,860.
Workers who install and repair industrial and commercial refrigeration systems should have excellent job prospects through at least 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS expects fast job growth and numerous retirements in this field. Candidates who have completed technical school training or a formal apprenticeship should have the best opportunities.