Boilermaker Salary

Boilermakers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $27.30 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Boilermakers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and slightly more than half receive dental plans. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,220 - $104,292
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$61K
$100K
MEDIAN: $60,605
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$18.34 - $37.77
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$38
MEDIAN: $27.30
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$30,220 - $104,292  
   
Bonus
$4,500  
Total Pay (?
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$39,954 - $97,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$18.34 - $37.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$9.84  
Overtime
$20.67 - $58.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,500  
   
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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$39,954 - $97,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 191

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Job Description for Boilermaker

Boilermakers are responsible for building, installing, repairing, and maintaining boilers and large tanks or vats, and this work typically involves a variety of skilled labor techniques, including welding and metalworking. These boilers are typically parts of liquid pressure systems which may be situated in industrial facilities such as power plants, manufacturing facilities, and even large institutions like hospitals and schools. Boilermaker work typically involves field work at job sites, and may require these employees to work in confined spaces or even high aerial settings.

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Boilermaker Tasks

  • Assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.
  • Interpret work orders, job orders, specifications, blueprints, ISO's or other drawings and recognize basic blueprint terms and symbols accurately.
  • Repair boilers, tanks, and vessels in the field by unbolting or flame cutting defective sections using torches, jacks, caulking hammers, power saws, threading dies, welding equipment, and metalworking machinery.
  • Bolt or weld casing sections, uptakes, stacks, baffles, tower manways, trays, chutes, and air heaters, fan stands, feeding tube, catwalks, ladders, hopper and safety hatches to frames.
  • Hammer, flame-cut, file or grind irregular edges of structural parts.

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Pay by Experience Level for Boilermaker

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $54K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $66K. For Boilermakers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $71K. 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 $76K.

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Key Stats for Boilermaker

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Boilermaker Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

Experienced
▲14%

Mid-Career
▲5%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Boilermaker Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
▲25%

▲21%

boilermaker
▲7%

National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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