Men account for the majority of Boilermakers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $26.79 per hour. Some workers in this field — nearly one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$30,133 - $105,103
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$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,032
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$18.36 - $38.57
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$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$30,133 - $105,103  
   
Bonus
$4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$39,968 - $98,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$18.36 - $38.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$9.84  
Overtime
$20.99 - $57.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$4,000  
   
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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$39,968 - $98,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Boilermaker

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


Boilermakers with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $54K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $67K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Boilermakers see a median salary of $75K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $78K on average.

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Experience Affects Boilermaker Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Boilermaker Salaries

Metal Inert Gas (MIG) Welding
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National Average
$62,000

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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