Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

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)
35,800 1.5 % $25.30 $52,620 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.69 $19.92 $25.07 $30.19 $35.38
Annual Wage (2) $32,640 $41,440 $52,140 $62,790 $73,580


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 5,200 0.10 $25.83 $53,720
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,990 0.14 $23.58 $49,050
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,720 0.07 $27.59 $57,390
State Government (OES Designation) 2,810 0.12 $25.85 $53,770
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,760 2.49 $23.26 $48,380

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 2,760 2.49 $23.26 $48,380
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 440 0.69 $17.66 $36,730
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 290 0.63 $23.12 $48,080
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 160 0.61 $29.49 $61,340
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 500 0.61 $17.55 $36,500

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 60 0.01 $34.72 $72,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $33.39 $69,440
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 150 0.03 $32.86 $68,350
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 180 0.04 $30.57 $63,580
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $30.53 $63,510


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 4,320 0.52 1.84 $30.01 $62,420
California 3,410 0.24 0.86 $29.61 $61,600
Illinois 2,180 0.40 1.40 $31.85 $66,260
Texas 1,780 0.18 0.63 $21.64 $45,010
New Jersey 1,690 0.45 1.59 $24.36 $50,680




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 500 0.87 3.08 $21.73 $45,190
Minnesota 1,620 0.63 2.24 $25.84 $53,740
Nebraska 530 0.59 2.11 $20.19 $41,990
District of Columbia 380 0.59 2.10 $29.70 $61,770
New York 4,320 0.52 1.84 $30.01 $62,420




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 2,180 0.40 1.40 $31.85 $66,260
New York 4,320 0.52 1.84 $30.01 $62,420
Hawaii 110 0.19 0.66 $29.97 $62,350
District of Columbia 380 0.59 2.10 $29.70 $61,770
California 3,410 0.24 0.86 $29.61 $61,600

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 2,560 0.51 1.82 $33.20 $69,050
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,370 0.39 1.37 $31.11 $64,710
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 920 0.55 1.94 $27.05 $56,260
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.33 1.18 $29.78 $61,950
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.19 0.66 $28.56 $59,400
Baltimore-Towson, MD 620 0.50 1.79 $27.26 $56,700
Denver-Aurora, CO 440 0.37 1.31 $23.98 $49,890
Pittsburgh, PA 430 0.40 1.40 $22.28 $46,340
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 430 0.26 0.92 $27.76 $57,750
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 430 0.37 1.32 $27.26 $56,710




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)
Pine Bluff, AR 100 2.91 10.32 $24.36 $50,660
Pittsfield, MA 80 2.44 8.67 $22.86 $47,560
Lewiston, ID-WA 50 2.24 7.96 $21.55 $44,820
Cumberland, MD-WV 60 1.49 5.28 $25.41 $52,840
Duluth, MN-WI 150 1.24 4.40 $24.39 $50,730
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 60 1.19 4.22 $20.37 $42,370
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 140 1.04 3.70 $22.27 $46,310
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 60 1.04 3.69 $25.43 $52,890
Grand Forks, ND-MN 50 1.02 3.61 $21.60 $44,930
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 90 0.94 3.33 $31.17 $64,830




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)
Springfield, IL 90 0.86 3.06 $39.42 $82,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 0.14 0.50 $37.40 $77,800
Boulder, CO 40 0.27 0.96 $36.10 $75,100
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.21 0.75 $35.48 $73,790
Peoria, IL 90 0.53 1.89 $34.16 $71,060
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,560 0.51 1.82 $33.20 $69,050
Bakersfield, CA 90 0.34 1.21 $32.63 $67,860
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 50 0.41 1.45 $31.85 $66,250
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) $31.63 $65,800
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 310 0.38 1.35 $31.35 $65,200

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 190 1.01 3.59 $23.44 $48,760
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 170 1.00 3.56 $22.56 $46,920
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.84 3.00 $24.64 $51,240
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 2.35 $34.91 $72,610
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 1.53 5.44 $20.80 $43,270

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)
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 1.53 5.44 $20.80 $43,270
Eastern Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 1.46 5.19 $31.38 $65,280
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.30 4.62 $25.50 $53,040
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 60 1.27 4.51 $22.99 $47,820
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 50 1.11 3.96 $27.12 $56,420

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 90 0.64 2.27 $38.10 $79,240
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.66 2.35 $34.91 $72,610
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 2.06 $33.28 $69,220
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 1.13 $31.51 $65,530
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 1.39 $31.44 $65,400


About May 2010 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.

(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 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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