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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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 this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
32,790 2.0 % $30.15 $62,710 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.51 $22.61 $28.79 $36.31 $45.73
Annual Wage (2) $36,420 $47,040 $59,890 $75,530 $95,110


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 4,710 0.09 $31.41 $65,340
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,000 0.07 $35.73 $74,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,940 0.10 $28.30 $58,850
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,350 0.11 $29.27 $60,880
Real Estate 2,110 0.13 $32.73 $68,070

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 1,450 1.50 $26.29 $54,680
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 510 1.01 $31.85 $66,250
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 330 0.42 $20.82 $43,300
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 350 0.38 $19.71 $41,010
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 410 0.36 $24.94 $51,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service (federal government) 50 0.01 $37.57 $78,150
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 220 0.05 $37.33 $77,650
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 60 0.21 $36.36 $75,620
Offices of Physicians 90 (7) $35.73 $74,320
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 4,000 0.07 $35.73 $74,310


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 3,960 0.43 1.87 $36.20 $75,290
California 3,370 0.20 0.88 $39.36 $81,870
Illinois 2,340 0.39 1.72 $38.02 $79,090
Pennsylvania 1,860 0.32 1.40 $26.19 $54,470
Texas 1,770 0.15 0.65 $26.68 $55,480




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 730 1.03 4.46 $36.97 $76,900
Nebraska 500 0.51 2.23 $22.66 $47,130
Maine 300 0.51 2.21 $24.00 $49,920
Montana 210 0.46 1.99 $25.41 $52,850
Maryland 1,160 0.44 1.89 $27.74 $57,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,370 0.20 0.88 $39.36 $81,870
Illinois 2,340 0.39 1.72 $38.02 $79,090
Wyoming 60 0.22 0.97 $37.90 $78,830
Alaska 110 0.36 1.57 $37.21 $77,390
District of Columbia 730 1.03 4.46 $36.97 $76,900



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,660 0.40 1.72 $40.67 $84,600
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.42 1.83 $38.63 $80,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,190 0.47 2.05 $33.41 $69,500
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 740 0.25 1.10 $28.57 $59,420
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.66 2.85 $47.02 $97,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 690 0.16 0.67 $38.16 $79,370
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 570 0.29 1.28 $29.01 $60,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 500 0.37 1.61 $28.73 $59,760
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 480 0.41 1.78 $30.27 $62,960
Pittsburgh, PA 450 0.40 1.74 $25.37 $52,760


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Danville, IL 40 1.36 5.89 $23.60 $49,090
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 50 1.18 5.12 $22.14 $46,050
Worcester, MA-CT 270 0.95 4.14 $30.64 $63,740
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 380 0.85 3.69 $25.35 $52,730
Albany, OR 30 0.78 3.37 $26.36 $54,840
Glens Falls, NY 40 0.72 3.13 $31.00 $64,490
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 340 0.70 3.05 $22.97 $47,780
Kennewick-Richland, WA 80 0.70 3.06 $35.35 $73,530
Springfield, IL 70 0.69 3.02 $46.11 $95,900
Grand Forks, ND-MN 30 0.69 3.00 $25.40 $52,840


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 730 0.66 2.85 $47.02 $97,810
Springfield, IL 70 0.69 3.02 $46.11 $95,900
Janesville-Beloit, WI (8) (8) (8) $40.68 $84,620
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,660 0.40 1.72 $40.67 $84,600
Salinas, CA 40 0.21 0.92 $40.47 $84,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 160 0.15 0.66 $39.99 $83,180
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 260 0.23 0.98 $39.67 $82,500
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,540 0.42 1.83 $38.63 $80,340
Fresno, CA 60 0.16 0.69 $38.50 $80,070
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 140 0.08 0.36 $38.37 $79,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 180 0.91 3.98 $24.21 $50,360
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.23 5.33 $29.36 $61,070
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.89 3.85 $23.80 $49,500
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 140 0.74 3.20 $25.08 $52,160
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 120 0.69 3.01 $26.08 $54,240

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Far East North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.44 6.24 $31.81 $66,160
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 1.37 5.96 $28.20 $58,650
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.23 5.33 $29.36 $61,070
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 1.12 4.86 $44.50 $92,560
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 120 1.11 4.82 $30.19 $62,800

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 1.12 4.86 $44.50 $92,560
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 90 0.52 2.26 $41.45 $86,210
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.96 4.17 $40.50 $84,240
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.70 3.05 $40.12 $83,450
Big Thicket Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.70 $74,260


About May 2017 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018