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Boiler Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Boiler Operators in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.49 per hour. Earnings sit near $12.39 per hour on the lower side but can approach $26.91 on the higher side. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$26,665 - $70,690
(Median)
27K
37K
47K
54K
71K
MEDIAN: $46,721
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$12.39 - $26.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,665 - $70,690  
   
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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$28,012 - $61,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 61
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.39 - $26.91  
   
Overtime
$16.07 - $37.66  
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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$28,012 - $61,689  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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.


For many Boiler Operators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $38K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $44K. Boiler Operators see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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.

Boiler Operator Advice

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

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

Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 18%