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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-8021 Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

Operate or maintain stationary engines, boilers, or other mechanical equipment to provide utilities for buildings or industrial processes. Operate equipment such as steam engines, generators, motors, turbines, and steam boilers.


National estimates for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Industry profile for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators
Geographic profile for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

National estimates for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
29,820 2.3 % $ 33.90 $ 70,510 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 21.28 $ 23.93 $ 30.53 $ 38.81 $ 48.41
Annual Wage (2) $ 44,260 $ 49,760 $ 63,500 $ 80,730 $ 100,690


Industry profile for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,670 0.08 $ 36.64 $ 76,200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,960 0.06 $ 43.73 $ 90,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,960 0.10 $ 33.02 $ 68,670
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,190 0.10 $ 34.11 $ 70,950
Elementary and Secondary Schools 1,910 0.02 $ 24.85 $ 51,680

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,060 1.21 $ 30.55 $ 63,550
Facilities Support Services 1,470 0.88 $ 36.64 $ 76,200
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 580 0.66 $ 21.36 $ 44,420
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 180 0.33 $ 33.16 $ 68,970
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 250 0.31 $ 22.64 $ 47,100

Top paying industries for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 110 0.01 $ 52.02 $ 108,200
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,960 0.06 $ 43.73 $ 90,950
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $ 41.28 $ 85,870
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 200 0.04 $ 40.55 $ 84,340
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 620 0.16 $ 40.53 $ 84,300


Geographic profile for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of stationary engineers and boiler operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 5,200 0.31 1.49 $ 40.05 $ 83,310
New York 4,600 0.53 2.51 $ 39.86 $ 82,900
Illinois 1,710 0.30 1.43 $ 42.51 $ 88,410
Minnesota 1,490 0.55 2.58 $ 30.65 $ 63,740
New Jersey 1,460 0.38 1.79 $ 30.49 $ 63,410


Map of location quotient of stationary engineers and boiler operators by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 750 1.13 5.33 $ 38.87 $ 80,850
Minnesota 1,490 0.55 2.58 $ 30.65 $ 63,740
New York 4,600 0.53 2.51 $ 39.86 $ 82,900
Maine 300 0.50 2.36 $ 26.17 $ 54,440
Nebraska 460 0.48 2.29 $ 25.08 $ 52,160


Map of annual mean wages of stationary engineers and boiler operators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 50 0.18 0.87 $ 42.88 $ 89,180
Hawaii 30 0.06 0.28 $ 42.58 $ 88,560
Illinois 1,710 0.30 1.43 $ 42.51 $ 88,410
California 5,200 0.31 1.49 $ 40.05 $ 83,310
New York 4,600 0.53 2.51 $ 39.86 $ 82,900



Map of employment of stationary engineers and boiler operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,920 0.45 2.13 $ 41.70 $ 86,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 1,740 0.30 1.43 $ 33.52 $ 69,730
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,300 0.44 2.09 $ 37.13 $ 77,230
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,180 0.28 1.32 $ 43.46 $ 90,400
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 970 0.43 2.05 $ 49.97 $ 103,930
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 800 0.44 2.07 $ 31.67 $ 65,870
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 620 0.23 1.11 $ 33.64 $ 69,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 540 0.19 0.88 $ 20.92 $ 43,520
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 490 0.50 2.36 $ 42.42 $ 88,240
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 470 0.18 0.86 $ 38.16 $ 79,370


Map of location quotient of stationary engineers and boiler operators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Glens Falls, NY 60 1.17 5.55 $ 25.98 $ 54,040
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 370 0.89 4.21 $ 29.31 $ 60,960
Rochester, MN 100 0.84 3.98 $ 30.55 $ 63,540
Springfield, IL 80 0.84 3.96 $ 46.31 $ 96,310
Kingston, NY 40 0.83 3.91 $ 31.17 $ 64,830
Albany, OR 40 0.82 3.86 $ 27.62 $ 57,450
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 90 0.81 3.83 $ 26.21 $ 54,510
Billings, MT 70 0.77 3.65 $ 44.02 $ 91,550
Duluth, MN-WI 90 0.75 3.56 $ 30.49 $ 63,420
St. Cloud, MN 70 0.74 3.50 $ 30.16 $ 62,740


Map of annual mean wages of stationary engineers and boiler operators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 230 0.21 1.01 $ 51.10 $ 106,300
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 970 0.43 2.05 $ 49.97 $ 103,930
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.54 2.56 $ 47.95 $ 99,740
Springfield, IL 80 0.84 3.96 $ 46.31 $ 96,310
Salinas, CA 60 0.38 1.78 $ 44.71 $ 93,000
Billings, MT 70 0.77 3.65 $ 44.02 $ 91,550
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,180 0.28 1.32 $ 43.46 $ 90,400
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.22 1.03 $ 42.97 $ 89,380
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 490 0.50 2.36 $ 42.42 $ 88,240
Modesto, CA 60 0.32 1.53 $ 42.27 $ 87,930

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.81 3.83 $ 28.22 $ 58,700
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.90 4.26 $ 29.05 $ 60,430
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 3.11 $ 25.68 $ 53,420
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.79 3.73 $ 29.89 $ 62,160
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 1.66 7.86 $ 25.28 $ 52,590

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 1.66 7.86 $ 25.28 $ 52,590
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 70 1.17 5.53 $ 21.80 $ 45,330
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 90 1.10 5.19 $ 38.84 $ 80,790
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.96 4.56 $ 25.77 $ 53,600
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 0.96 4.54 $ 27.78 $ 57,790

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.64 3.02 $ 48.86 $ 101,630
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.48 2.25 $ 44.93 $ 93,460
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 1.69 $ 43.28 $ 90,020
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 3.22 $ 39.34 $ 81,830
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 1.39 $ 39.29 $ 81,730


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022