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Boiler Operator Salary (United States)

Most Boiler Operators in the United States are men. Tutors earn an average of $18.37 per hour,. Pay ranges from $12.76 per hour on the low end to $26.09 on the high end. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair portion, and more than half earn dental coverage. Most Boiler Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Boiler Operator Salary (?
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$25,440 - $70,234
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MEDIAN: $46,259
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Boiler Operator Salary (?
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$12.76 - $26.09
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,440 - $70,234  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,135  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,750  
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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$28,215 - $60,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $26.09  
   
Overtime
$16.96 - $37.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,135  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $5,750  
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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$28,215 - $60,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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Job Description for Boiler Operator

A boiler operator is involved in the climate control machinery and systems of a large building (or set of buildings), typically a hospital, school, jail, factory, or manufacturing plant. The boiler operator ensures that the boilers - who typically control heating and cooling throughout the facility - are working at optimal settings and peak efficiency. These operators often work in control rooms with computer screens which display readouts of the boiler's and system's performance. However, the day-to-day work may change if the system breaks down and requires repair or maintenance.
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Boiler Operator Tasks
  • Complete all preventative and routine maintenance on boilers and related equipment.
  • Adjust controls to keep boilers within safety and tolerance limits.
  • Operate boilers, including reading instruments and gauges to identify problems.
  • Maintain logs of activities, tolerances, outputs, and maintenance.

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Pay by Experience Level for Boiler Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Boiler Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $45K. On average, Boiler Operators make $47K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, slightly more than half land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up approximately one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining approximately one-fifth.

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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
3%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 19%