Boiler Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Boiler Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.66 per hour nationwide. Compensation ranges from $12.22 per hour on the lower end to $27.63 on the higher end. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just under one-half. Most Boiler Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,852 - $68,784
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $45,205
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$12.22 - $27.63
(Median)
$12
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,852 - $68,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,179  
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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$27,891 - $61,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 59
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $27.63  
   
Overtime
$16.82 - $38.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,179  
   
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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$27,891 - $61,548  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252

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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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $38K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. Boiler Operators see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Boiler Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $49K on average.

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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 18%