Boiler Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Boiler Operators in the United States, bringing in about $19.34 per hour. Pay generally varies between $12.76 per hour and $27.60. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Boiler Operators. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,885 - $67,249
(Median)
$30K
$46K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,377
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$12.76 - $27.60
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$29,885 - $67,249  
   
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: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.76 - $27.60  
   
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: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $39K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. Boiler Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $49K.

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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

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
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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