Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
31,710 2.0 % $30.62 $63,690 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $17.57 $22.97 $29.06 $36.80 $46.47
Annual Wage (2) $36,550 $47,780 $60,440 $76,550 $96,660


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 4,720 0.09 $32.49 $67,570
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,410 0.06 $36.47 $75,860
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 2,920 0.10 $28.61 $59,500
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 2,280 0.10 $31.04 $64,560
Real Estate 1,890 0.12 $34.44 $71,640

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 1,370 1.49 $27.42 $57,030
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 580 1.13 $29.57 $61,500
Waste Treatment and Disposal 820 0.84 $29.55 $61,470
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 380 0.42 $19.97 $41,540
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 460 0.41 $26.99 $56,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 50 0.03 $44.30 $92,150
Outpatient Care Centers 50 0.01 $39.84 $82,870
Postal Service (federal government) 50 0.01 $38.58 $80,250
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 200 0.04 $37.36 $77,710
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,410 0.06 $36.47 $75,860


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 3,870 0.41 1.88 $37.29 $77,570
California 2,950 0.17 0.79 $40.46 $84,160
Pennsylvania 2,130 0.36 1.66 $26.73 $55,590
Illinois 2,090 0.35 1.59 $39.25 $81,650
Texas 1,920 0.16 0.72 $24.55 $51,060




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 710 1.00 4.57 $37.40 $77,800
Nebraska 540 0.55 2.51 $23.26 $48,390
Arkansas 630 0.52 2.36 $22.49 $46,780
Maine 300 0.50 2.27 $23.84 $49,580
Maryland 1,260 0.47 2.15 $29.73 $61,830




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,950 0.17 0.79 $40.46 $84,160
Illinois 2,090 0.35 1.59 $39.25 $81,650
District of Columbia 710 1.00 4.57 $37.40 $77,800
New York 3,870 0.41 1.88 $37.29 $77,570
Washington 560 0.17 0.78 $33.74 $70,180





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 3,240 0.34 1.56 $39.96 $83,130
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,600 0.51 2.32 $33.22 $69,100
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,580 0.34 1.55 $38.73 $80,560
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 850 0.30 1.37 $29.30 $60,940
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 800 0.33 1.51 $46.55 $96,820
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 790 0.53 2.44 $27.33 $56,840
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 720 0.24 1.10 $27.06 $56,290
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 670 0.11 0.50 $36.26 $75,410
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 540 0.28 1.27 $29.96 $62,320
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 500 0.18 0.83 $31.93 $66,410




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)
Lewiston, ID-WA 50 2.02 9.21 $25.50 $53,050
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 150 1.22 5.59 $25.93 $53,930
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 50 1.20 5.48 $21.94 $45,640
Rochester, MN 110 0.92 4.19 $29.37 $61,080
Grand Forks, ND-MN 40 0.79 3.62 $26.09 $54,260
Worcester, MA-CT 220 0.77 3.49 $31.26 $65,010
Duluth, MN-WI 100 0.77 3.54 $28.20 $58,650
Kennewick-Richland, WA 90 0.76 3.45 $36.53 $75,980
New Bern, NC 30 0.73 3.32 $27.25 $56,680
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 350 0.72 3.29 $24.17 $50,280