Boiler Operator Salary

Male Boiler Operators number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $19.31 per hour in the United States. Compensation ranges between $12.77 per hour and $27.59. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-half. Most Boiler Operators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,840 - $67,585
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$68K
MEDIAN: $46,068
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90%

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$12.77 - $27.59
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,840 - $67,585  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
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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$29,632 - $61,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.77 - $27.59  
   
Overtime
$17.06 - $37.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,394  
   
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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$29,632 - $61,378  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. Boiler Operators who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $49K.

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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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