How Much Do Stationary Engineers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$68170 per year
Hourly wage
$33 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$40,680 to $52,650 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$20 to $25 per hour

Entry-level Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $40,680 to $52,650 per year or $20 to $25 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $50 $103,580
Senior (Top 25%) $39 $81,390
Middle (Mid 50%) $31 $64,680
Junior (Bottom 25%) $25 $52,650
No experience (Bottom 10%) $20 $40,680

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
IL $43 $89,050
CA $42 $87,030
NY $40 $82,940
DC $38 $77,990
WY $37 $76,740
AK $36 $74,300
TN $35 $72,140
WA $34 $71,460
MA $34 $70,840
DE $33 $69,600

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Stationary Engineer and Boiler Operator is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like IL doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at IL might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Stationary Engineers are in the states of IL, CA, NY, DC and WY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Outpatient Care Centers $89510 $43.03
Local Government $86740 $41.70
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $84160 $40.46
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution $81580 $39.22
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $79670 $38.30
Postal Service (Federal Government) $78500 $37.74
Warehousing and Storage $78050 $37.53
Real Estate $76850 $36.95
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank $76760 $36.90
Management of Companies and Enterprises $75580 $36.34
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events $74500 $35.82
Specialty Hospitals $74370 $35.76
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $73750 $35.46
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing $72960 $35.08
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $72300 $34.76
Facilities Support Services $72110 $34.67
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $71850 $34.54
Offices of Physicians $71780 $34.51
Junior Colleges $71690 $34.47
Scientific Research and Development Services $70630 $33.96
Plastics Product Manufacturing $69360 $33.35
Beverage Manufacturing $69120 $33.23
Grain and Oilseed Milling $68870 $33.11
Employment Services $68840 $33.10
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $68190 $32.78
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $67510 $32.46
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $67190 $32.30
Traveler Accommodation $67050 $32.24
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $66690 $32.06
State Government $66370 $31.91

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