Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator Salary

A sizeable majority of Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $25.77 per hour. 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. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a large number earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$35,479 - $83,124
$35K
$56K
$83K
MEDIAN: $56,061
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90%

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$18.45 - $35.43
$18
$26
$35
MEDIAN: $25.77
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,479 - $83,124  
   
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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$39,599 - $80,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$22$44$66
Hourly Rate
$18.45 - $35.43  
   
Overtime
$24.54 - $63.26  
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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$39,599 - $80,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89
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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $48K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $52K on average. On average, Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators make $56K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Key Stats for Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
40%
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Experience Affects Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
▲7%

Experienced
▲1%

National Average
$56,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
40%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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