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Boiler Operator Salary

Men account for the majority of Boiler Operators in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.07 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $12.75 per hour and $27.76. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Boiler Operators. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,047 - $68,211
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$68K
MEDIAN: $45,205
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$12.75 - $27.76
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,047 - $68,211  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
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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$29,186 - $61,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $27.76  
   
Overtime
$17.06 - $37.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,477  
   
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).
)
$29,186 - $61,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259

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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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Boiler Operators make a median salary of $47K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $49K.

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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

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
30%
5-9 years
26%
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%
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