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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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: Top

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)
29,550 2.2 % $ 32.77 $ 68,170 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 19.56 $ 25.31 $ 31.09 $ 39.13 $ 49.80
Annual Wage (2) $ 40,680 $ 52,650 $ 64,680 $ 81,390 $ 103,580


Industry profile for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators: Top

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 4,710 0.08 $ 34.76 $ 72,300
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,010 0.10 $ 31.55 $ 65,620
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,960 0.05 $ 41.70 $ 86,740
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,320 0.11 $ 31.91 $ 66,370
Real Estate 1,430 0.09 $ 36.95 $ 76,850

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 1,380 1.50 $ 29.48 $ 61,330
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 490 0.92 $ 28.91 $ 60,130
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 590 0.66 $ 21.55 $ 44,830
Waste Treatment and Disposal 560 0.57 $ 31.17 $ 64,840
Facilities Support Services 740 0.46 $ 34.67 $ 72,110

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 140 0.01 $ 43.03 $ 89,510
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 2,960 0.05 $ 41.70 $ 86,740
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 80 0.06 $ 40.46 $ 84,160
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 570 0.15 $ 39.22 $ 81,580
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 210 0.04 $ 38.30 $ 79,670


Geographic profile for Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators: Top

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.





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)
New York 4,120 0.47 2.23 $ 39.88 $ 82,940
California 3,480 0.21 1.00 $ 41.84 $ 87,030
Pennsylvania 1,880 0.34 1.61 $ 28.39 $ 59,050
Texas 1,770 0.15 0.69 $ 22.06 $ 45,880
Illinois 1,580 0.28 1.32 $ 42.82 $ 89,050




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 600 0.87 4.10 $ 37.50 $ 77,990
Maryland 1,490 0.59 2.79 $ 32.48 $ 67,550
Minnesota 1,490 0.55 2.59 $ 30.50 $ 63,440
Maine 320 0.55 2.59 $ 24.76 $ 51,490
Nebraska 470 0.50 2.36 $ 24.60 $ 51,180




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)
Illinois 1,580 0.28 1.32 $ 42.82 $ 89,050
California 3,480 0.21 1.00 $ 41.84 $ 87,030
New York 4,120 0.47 2.23 $ 39.88 $ 82,940
District of Columbia 600 0.87 4.10 $ 37.50 $ 77,990
Wyoming 100 0.38 1.78 $ 36.89 $ 76,740





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 3,200 0.36 1.70 $ 43.69 $ 90,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,400 0.46 2.18 $ 35.24 $ 73,300
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,020 0.23 1.10 $ 43.54 $ 90,560
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 920 0.34 1.60 $ 31.32 $ 65,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 830 0.14 0.67 $ 36.41 $ 75,730
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 760 0.41 1.95 $ 31.88 $ 66,320
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 760 0.33 1.53 $ 50.46 $ 104,970
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 740 0.58 2.72 $ 31.71 $ 65,960
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 610 0.20 0.96 $ 20.69 $ 43,040
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 440 0.17 0.80 $ 35.98 $ 74,840




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)
New Bern, NC 50 1.31 6.15 $ 30.89 $ 64,240
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 130 1.14 5.36 $ 27.41 $ 57,020
Grand Island, NE 40 1.09 5.12 $ 21.36 $ 44,430
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 40 1.04 4.92 $ 22.52 $ 46,850
Glens Falls, NY 50 1.03 4.84 (8) (8)
Rochester, MN 120 1.01 4.77 $ 30.49 $ 63,410
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 0.97 4.57 $ 27.11 $ 56,400
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 380 0.90 4.25 $ 28.10 $ 58,460
Altoona, PA 50 0.90 4.24 $ 24.67 $ 51,310
Duluth, MN-WI 110 0.89 4.18 $ 28.95 $ 60,220




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 100 0.09 0.43 $ 51.40 $ 106,910
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 760 0.33 1.53 $ 50.46 $ 104,970
Springfield, IL 60 0.61 2.87 $ 49.36 $ 102,660
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 70 0.50 2.35 $ 46.06 $ 95,800
Kankakee, IL (8) (8) (8) $ 46.04 $ 95,760
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 360 0.38 1.77 $ 45.98 $ 95,630
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,200 0.36 1.70 $ 43.69 $ 90,880
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,020 0.23 1.10 $ 43.54 $ 90,560
Fresno, CA 120 0.31 1.47 $ 41.33 $ 85,960
Salinas, CA 50 0.29 1.37 $ 41.27 $ 85,840

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 0.96 4.52 $ 39.64 $ 82,450
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 140 0.82 3.85 $ 26.84 $ 55,820
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 130 1.00 4.70 $ 27.59 $ 57,380
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 3.13 $ 28.39 $ 59,060
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 1.03 4.87 $ 27.56 $ 57,320

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 100 1.54 7.26 $ 21.79 $ 45,330
Southwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 90 1.38 6.49 $ 16.07 $ 33,420
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 80 1.14 5.36 $ 25.58 $ 53,210
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.09 5.14 $ 20.38 $ 42,380
Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 110 1.03 4.87 $ 27.56 $ 57,320

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)
West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 1.60 $ 42.77 $ 88,960
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 41.23 $ 85,750
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 160 0.96 4.52 $ 39.64 $ 82,450
Eastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.95 4.49 $ 35.96 $ 74,800
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 1.77 $ 34.85 $ 72,490


About May 2020 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 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021