Boilermaker Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Boilermakers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $26.50 per hour nationwide. Compensation ranges from $16.31 per hour on the lower end to $38.04 on the higher end. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most Boilermakers report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$42,894 - $99,451
(Median)
$43K
$67K
$99K
MEDIAN: $67,159
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$16.31 - $38.04
(Median)
$16
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$42,894 - $99,451  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
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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$40,515 - $92,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.31 - $38.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$9.84  
Overtime
$21.30 - $52.86  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,438  
   
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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$40,515 - $92,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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

  • Align structure or plates that are to be assembled on boiler frames, tanks, or structures.
  • Use appropriate large-scale equipment such as manlifts/cranes (and accompanying hand signals), fork lifts, and company trucks safely.
  • Interpret work orders, job orders, specifications, blueprints, ISO’s or other drawings and recognize basic blueprint terms and symbols accurately.
  • Hammer, flame-cut, file or grind irregular edges of structural parts.
  • Assemble, install, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

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Boilermakers only report a few specific skills. Welding and Metal Inert Gas Welding are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 19 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include boilermaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Boilermaker

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


For Boilermakers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $55K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Boilermakers make a median salary of $73K. Boilermakers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $78K on average.

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Experience Affects Boilermaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Boilermaker Salaries

up arrow 19%

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
up arrow 4%

National Average
$62,000

boilermaker
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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