Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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)
36,350 3.0 % $26.37 $54,860 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.15 $20.52 $25.75 $31.58 $37.52
Annual Wage (2) $33,600 $42,680 $53,560 $65,680 $78,050


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 5,400 0.10 $27.57 $57,350
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,490 0.12 $24.77 $51,520
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,050 0.06 $31.77 $66,090
State Government (OES Designation) 2,830 0.13 $26.80 $55,740
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,690 2.50 $24.37 $50,690

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 2,690 2.50 $24.37 $50,690
Waste Treatment and Disposal 930 0.95 $26.29 $54,670
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 380 0.60 $18.12 $37,700
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 490 0.59 $17.91 $37,250
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 1,890 0.47 $29.34 $61,020

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 50 0.01 $35.75 $74,360
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $34.41 $71,580
Outpatient Care Centers 80 0.01 $34.02 $70,770
Offices of Physicians 70 (7) $32.74 $68,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,050 0.06 $31.77 $66,090


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 4,270 0.50 1.79 $32.63 $67,870
California 3,620 0.25 0.91 $31.83 $66,200
Pennsylvania 3,090 0.55 1.98 $21.79 $45,330
Illinois 2,580 0.46 1.64 $33.08 $68,810
Minnesota 1,720 0.65 2.34 $26.36 $54,840




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)
Maine 480 0.83 2.99 $22.16 $46,100
Nebraska 600 0.66 2.37 $20.41 $42,450
Minnesota 1,720 0.65 2.34 $26.36 $54,840
Pennsylvania 3,090 0.55 1.98 $21.79 $45,330
New York 4,270 0.50 1.79 $32.63 $67,870




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 2,580 0.46 1.64 $33.08 $68,810
Hawaii 60 0.10 0.36 $32.82 $68,260
District of Columbia 300 0.46 1.65 $32.81 $68,240
New York 4,270 0.50 1.79 $32.63 $67,870
California 3,620 0.25 0.91 $31.83 $66,200





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,730 0.53 1.90 $36.26 $75,410
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.46 1.65 $32.67 $67,950
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 880 0.50 1.80 $27.51 $57,230
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.18 0.65 $30.05 $62,500
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.57 2.04 $34.73 $72,240
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 550 0.23 0.84 $31.38 $65,270
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 400 0.33 1.18 $24.38 $50,720
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 390 0.86 3.10 $21.51 $44,750
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 380 0.39 1.39 $27.57 $57,350
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.38 1.38 $36.79 $76,520




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)
Decatur, AL 140 2.70 9.69 $27.18 $56,530
Pittsfield, MA 70 2.04 7.30 $23.15 $48,150
Rome, GA 60 1.60 5.72 $25.30 $52,620
Duluth, MN-WI 180 1.49 5.35 $25.96 $54,000
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 110 1.35 4.84 $26.36 $54,840
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 60 1.31 4.71 $20.63 $42,900
Grand Forks, ND-MN 60 1.23 4.42 $21.95 $45,650
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 150 1.13 4.07 $24.09 $50,110
Springfield, IL 110 0.98 3.53 $38.76 $80,610
Altoona, PA 50 0.94 3.37 $21.55 $44,830




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 110 0.12 0.42 $38.85 $80,820
Springfield, IL 110 0.98 3.53 $38.76 $80,610
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.38 1.38 $36.79 $76,520
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,730 0.53 1.90 $36.26 $75,410
Boulder, CO 40 0.26 0.93 $35.27 $73,350
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 570 0.57 2.04 $34.73 $72,240
Salinas, CA 80 0.52 1.86 $34.38 $71,500
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 350 0.43 1.52 $33.45 $69,580
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,680 0.46 1.65 $32.67 $67,950
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.22 $32.51 $67,610

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 220 1.15 4.14 $22.18 $46,120
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.07 3.83 $24.49 $50,940
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 180 1.05 3.77 $22.93 $47,690
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.62 2.21 $17.03 $35,410
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 4.53 $25.79 $53,640

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)
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 1.62 5.79 $25.77 $53,590
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 1.49 5.35 $20.59 $42,820
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 4.53 $25.79 $53,640
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 220 1.15 4.14 $22.18 $46,120
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.07 3.83 $24.49 $50,940

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)
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.71 2.54 $36.84 $76,620
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 100 0.66 2.36 $36.01 $74,900
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.34 1.20 $32.66 $67,930
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $31.10 $64,700
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 3.66 $30.36 $63,160


About May 2012 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 mean 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 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013