Men make up the majority of Boiler Operators in the United States, bringing in about $20.32 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Boiler Operators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,924 - $79,000
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$47K
$79K
MEDIAN: $47,292
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$14.10 - $28.67
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,924 - $79,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,411  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$31,001 - $65,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $28.67  
   
Overtime
$19.65 - $42.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,411  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$31,001 - $65,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 268

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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

  • Operate boilers, including reading instruments and gauges to identify problems.
  • Maintain logs of activities, tolerances, outputs, and maintenance.
  • Complete all preventative and routine maintenance on boilers and related equipment.
  • Adjust controls to keep boilers within safety and tolerance limits.

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Pay by Experience Level for Boiler Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $50K.

Boiler Operator Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Boiler Operator in Plentywood:
"What his pay scale worth."
Hes not a new boiler operator! Has been for 20 yrs hes paid $16. Now for cleaning but also maintains the boiler when its put on for the winter months. Has the boiler license to take care of it.

Boiler Operator in Roanoke:
"Educate."
Attend any apprentice schooling you can for electrical, Hvac, welding and controls.

Key Stats for Boiler Operator

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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