Boiler Operator Salary (United States)

Boiler Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.37 per hour. The top of the range reaches $26.09, and the bottom approaches $12.76 per hour. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. Job satisfaction for Boiler Operators is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Boiler Operator Salary (?
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$25,440 - $70,234
(Median)
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46K
54K
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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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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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  
PayScale
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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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Job Description for Boiler Operator

  • 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 do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $37K to $45K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $47K. Salaries grow more slowly as Boiler Operators approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $48K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 21 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 21 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

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%
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