Average Boiler Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Boiler Operator is $21.08.
MEDIAN $21.08
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $30
$0 - $4,792
Profit Sharing
$800 - $1,500
Total Pay
$31,543 - $69,085

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Job Description for Boiler Operator

Boiler Operator Tasks
  • Operate boilers, including reading instruments and gauges to identify problems.
  • Maintain logs of activities, tolerances, outputs, and maintenance.
  • Complete all preventative and routine maintenance on boilers and related equipment.
  • Adjust controls to keep boilers within safety and tolerance limits.

Job Satisfaction for Boiler Operator

3.7 out of 5
Highly Satisfied

Career Paths

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Boiler Operator
Stationary Engineer or Boiler Operator
Stationary Engineer
Power Plant Operator
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Boiler Operator

Skills in Plant Maintenance, Maintenance, Machine Operation and Systems Computer/Console Operations are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Equipment Maintenance.

Pay by Experience Level for Boiler Operator

An entry-level Boiler Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $17.29 based on 12 salaries. An early career Boiler Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.80 based on 177 salaries. A mid-career Boiler Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $22.28 based on 129 salaries. An experienced Boiler Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $23.28 based on 119 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $22.
Employees with Boiler Operator in their job title in Minneapolis, Minnesota earn an average of 28.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Memphis, Tennessee (11.9% more) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (6.7% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Albuquerque, New Mexico (3.7% less) and New York, New York (0.6% less).

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