Men represent the vast majority of Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $25.51 per hour nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,686 - $82,917
$35K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $54,493
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50%
90%

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$18.48 - $35.64
$18
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$34,686 - $82,917  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
Total Pay (?
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$39,159 - $80,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.48 - $35.64  
   
Overtime
$24.80 - $64.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,532  
   
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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$39,159 - $80,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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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

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

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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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $47K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators make a median salary of $56K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $60K.

Key Stats for Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 19 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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