Men account for the majority of Stationary Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $27.66 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Stationary Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a large number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a strong majority. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$41,954 - $88,355
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$88K
MEDIAN: $60,402
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50%
90%

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$19.77 - $40.70
(Median)
$20
$28
$41
MEDIAN: $27.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$41,954 - $88,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,027  
Profit Sharing
$1,501  
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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$42,243 - $89,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$19.77 - $40.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$28.76 - $63.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,027  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,501  
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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$42,243 - $89,594  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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Job Description for Stationary Engineer

Stationary engineers, also known as power engineers, operate industrial machinery and equipment to ensure their facility has an adequate supply of energy. They may operate electrical, refrigeration, steam and mechanical equipment, as well as turbines, air conditioning equipment, combustion engines, pumps, air compressors and other equipment at their facility. They must regularly maintain all machinery and equipment in accordance with equipment manuals, and they troubleshoot machinery and equipment problems that arise. Stationary engineers need to efficiently and effectively track work orders and report on progress, as well as respond to all maintenance-related requests in a timely manner.

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Stationary Engineer Tasks

  • Troubleshoot and repair equipment, ensuring safety of personnel.
  • Analyze data and create maintenance and repair schedules.
  • Monitor and record data from a variety of sources and equipment.
  • Adjust intake and outflow to ensure functionality.

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Stationary Engineers who take on a higher-level position such as Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators on average bring home $52K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Stationary Engineer

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $63K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Stationary Engineers see a median salary of $64K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Stationary Engineers report making only $62K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $60,041

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Stationary Engineers that is 39 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Stationary Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+35 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), Denver (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Stationary Engineers in Houston earning a whopping 34 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Tulsa (30 percent lower) and Buffalo (17 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Stationary Engineer Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$60,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Stationary Engineer Salaries

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 38%

HVAC System Design
up arrow 8%

Plumbing
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Maintenance
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National Average
$60,000

HVAC
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Systems Troubleshooting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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