These Are The 10 States With The Highest Refrigeration Technician Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do refrigeration technicians get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for refrigeration technicians by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for refrigeration technicians by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for refrigeration technicians after this adjustment? That would be Heating, Air Conditioning, And Refrigeration Mechanics And Installers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. North Dakota
  2. Illinois
  3. Iowa
  4. Kansas
  5. Washington
  6. Missouri
  7. Michigan
  8. Minnesota
  9. Colorado
  10. Utah

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for refrigeration technicians from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $54750, so our index value would be:

$54,750 * (100 / 135.9) = $40,286

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for refrigeration technicians.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Refrigeration Technician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $60,784 $60,420 99.4
2 Illinois $60,517 $57,250 94.6
3 Iowa $55,054 $50,100 91.0
4 Kansas $54,816 $49,280 89.9
5 Washington $54,201 $57,020 105.2
6 Missouri $53,617 $48,470 90.4
7 Michigan $53,528 $47,640 89.0
8 Minnesota $52,708 $53,130 100.8
9 Colorado $52,206 $54,190 103.8
10 Utah $52,150 $48,500 93.0
11 Nevada $51,994 $53,710 103.3
12 Nebraska $51,954 $47,590 91.6
13 Delaware $51,538 $52,260 101.4
14 Wyoming $50,980 $46,800 91.8
15 Oklahoma $50,852 $45,360 89.2
16 Wisconsin $50,464 $48,850 96.8
17 Ohio $49,722 $46,640 93.8
18 Indiana $49,229 $44,060 89.5
19 Pennsylvania $48,964 $49,650 101.4
20 Texas $48,566 $44,050 90.7
21 Alaska $48,527 $63,620 131.1
22 Tennessee $48,411 $43,280 89.4
23 Virginia $48,174 $48,560 100.8
24 Georgia $48,096 $43,960 91.4
25 New Jersey $47,924 $58,420 121.9
26 Montana $47,500 $47,880 100.8
27 Kentucky $47,348 $42,850 90.5
28 Louisiana $47,194 $44,740 94.8
29 Arizona $46,857 $45,920 98.0
30 North Carolina $45,047 $42,300 93.9
31 Connecticut $44,440 $56,750 127.7
32 South Dakota $44,291 $45,930 103.7
33 Idaho $44,212 $40,720 92.1
34 Oregon $44,100 $50,980 115.6
35 Mississippi $44,062 $37,850 85.9
36 Maryland $43,689 $54,830 125.5
37 Rhode Island $43,612 $52,640 120.7
38 Alabama $43,410 $39,590 91.2
39 New Mexico $43,222 $41,710 96.5
40 Arkansas $43,019 $37,470 87.1
41 Massachusetts $42,811 $57,110 133.4
42 New Hampshire $42,777 $50,050 117.0
43 New York $42,480 $55,650 131.0
44 South Carolina $42,449 $42,110 99.2
45 Maine $42,003 $46,540 110.8
46 Florida $41,363 $40,660 98.3
47 Vermont $40,718 $49,310 121.1
48 West Virginia $40,331 $37,670 93.4
49 California $40,286 $54,750 135.9
50 Hawaii $39,797 $66,820 167.9

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