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 $20.38 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,825 - $71,517
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$30K
$46K
$72K
MEDIAN: $46,409
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$13.72 - $28.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,825 - $71,517  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,072  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$30,622 - $65,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 60
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.72 - $28.77  
   
Overtime
$19.28 - $42.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,072  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$30,622 - $65,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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.


For Boiler Operators, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $43K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $51K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Boiler Operator Advice

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

Boiler Operator in Plentywood:
"What his pay scale worth."
Hes not a new boiler operator! Has been for 20 yrs hes paid $16. Now for cleaning but also maintains the boiler when its put on for the winter months. Has the boiler license to take care of it.

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

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Experience Affects Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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