Stationary Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Stationary Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $26.14 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. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,613 - $82,839
(Median)
$42K
$60K
$83K
MEDIAN: $60,477
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90%

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$18.71 - $39.45
(Median)
$19
$26
$39
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,613 - $82,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$40,315 - $86,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 107
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$18.71 - $39.45  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$27.05 - $54.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$40,315 - $86,561  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 333
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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.

Common Career Paths for Stationary Engineer


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Many Stationary Engineers move into Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator roles. Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators seem to make a little less than Stationary Engineers as their salaries average out to $52K a year.

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Stationary Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in HVAC System Design, Maintenance, Plumbing, and HVAC are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Plant Maintenance and HVAC.

Pay by Experience Level for Stationary Engineer

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $52K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. Stationary Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,309

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

With a pay rate for Stationary Engineers that is 54 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Stationary Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+35 percent), Chicago (+30 percent), Cleveland (+3 percent), and Denver (+3 percent). Compared to the national average, Tulsa Stationary Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 27 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Houston and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 22 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Stationary Engineer Salaries

Experienced
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National Average
$58,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Stationary Engineer Salaries

HVAC System Design
up arrow 18%

Plumbing
up arrow 7%

Maintenance
up arrow 7%

National Average
$58,000

HVAC
up arrow 8%

Plant Maintenance
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 73%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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