Men represent the vast majority of Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $25.77 per hour nationwide. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operators is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,633 - $79,733
(Median)
$34K
$51K
$80K
MEDIAN: $51,038
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50%
90%

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$18.57 - $35.60
(Median)
$19
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,633 - $79,733  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
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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$38,015 - $76,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$18.57 - $35.60  
   
Overtime
$24.63 - $62.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,546  
   
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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$38,015 - $76,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $58K.

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Experience Affects Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$55,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 3%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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