Boilermaker Salary

Boilermakers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $26.56 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $16.36 per hour, and the top verges on $37.28. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The majority of Boilermakers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$42,000 - $100,040
(Median)
$42K
$70K
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MEDIAN: $69,838
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$16.36 - $37.28
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$16
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$37
MEDIAN: $26.00
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Salary
$42,000 - $100,040  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
Total Pay (?
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$39,767 - $94,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$16.36 - $37.28  
   
Overtime
$19.76 - $52.13  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,013  
   
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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$39,767 - $94,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113
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Job Description for Boilermaker

A boilermaker deals with all things related to boilers. This includes construction, assembly, maintenance, and repair of stationary steam boilers and boiler house accessories. Boilermakers must align components or plate sections while assembling vats and framer tank for boilers. Blueprints are used and followed for such types of tasks. Boilermakers employ a mix of both physical labor and mental sharpness on a day to day basis. Hand and power tools are used daily in this role. Tools which and gadgets typically used by boilermakers include plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, and turnbuckles. In addition to assembling and maintenance of boiler systems, boilermakers also help with testing fully assembled units, as well as cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Creation of blueprints for use in assembly is another key component of this position. Inspection of boiler fittings is another component of the job. Fittings include things like safety valves, regulators, automatic-control components, water columns and other related pieces. Boilermakers must be proficient in a number of different areas which they will employ on a day to day basis. These skills include knowledge of repair, maintenance, quality control, installation, troubleshooting, proper equipment selection, and how to operate and control the boilers with which they work with. Additional skills which are required include superb reading comprehension and operational monitoring of devices (reading of gauges and knowledge of machine informative data) to ensure that boiler systems are function appropriately. Physical skills included hand and finger dexterity and wrist and finger speed. Educational requirements consist of a formal apprenticeship. These apprenticeships are typically four years long and consist of paid on-the-job training in conjunction with classroom instruction. No college degree is required, as a high school diploma/GED are required, but some individuals opt for formal training through a trade school. The work environment for boilermakers is dangerous and often includes traveling to work sites for extended periods of time. Boilermakers can find employment opportunities in all different industries, at any type of site which requires boilers, closed vats, or any other type of container which holds large amounts of liquids or gases. Boilermakers typically work a 40 hour work week, but extended periods of overtime may sometimes be needed. In these cases, it is not uncommon to work 10-12 hour shifts until the project is complete. Boilermakers work alongside more experienced boilermakers, other construction specialists, and supervisors who help to coordinate projects and oversee the completion of jobs.


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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Pay by Experience Level for Boilermaker

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


Boilermakers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $55K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $62K. Boilermakers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $69K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Boilermakers with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $81K.

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Experience Affects Boilermaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 15%
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