Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator Salary

Men make up the majority of Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators in the United States, bringing in about $23.82 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,637 - $72,956
(Median)
$30K
$57K
$73K
MEDIAN: $56,516
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$17.98 - $32.74
(Median)
$18
$24
$33
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,637 - $72,956  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$37,182 - $74,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.98 - $32.74  
   
Overtime
$23.30 - $47.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$37,182 - $74,527  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169
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Job Description for Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator

Stationary engineers, or boiler operators, are typically in charge of the boiler, engine, and mechanical rooms in large buildings, usually power plants. They are primarily responsible for maintaining heating systems to keep them in good running condition, as well as making manual adjustments to equipment during servicing. Some equipment that they must service includes low- and high-pressure boilers, hot water heating systems, and power and steam boilers. They work primarily on their feet, but may occasionally be required to crawl inside boilers to inspect them.

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Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator 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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Pay by Experience Level for Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator

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


Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $49K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $50K. Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $60K.

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Experience Affects Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
33%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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