Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
34,580 1.5 % $25.87 $53,800 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $15.89 $20.31 $25.52 $30.93 $36.16
Annual Wage (2) $33,050 $42,250 $53,070 $64,330 $75,210


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 5,220 0.10 $26.77 $55,680
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,860 0.14 $24.38 $50,710
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,370 0.06 $29.24 $60,830
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,850 2.61 $23.35 $48,560
State Government (OES Designation) 2,680 0.12 $26.21 $54,510

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 2,850 2.61 $23.35 $48,560
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 380 0.79 $25.07 $52,150
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing 450 0.71 $18.04 $37,530
Waste Treatment and Disposal 660 0.69 $25.77 $53,590
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 160 0.58 $32.40 $67,380

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing 40 0.01 $36.24 $75,370
Postal Service 40 0.01 $35.04 $72,880
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $33.38 $69,430
Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas 160 0.58 $32.40 $67,380
Wired Telecommunications Carriers 70 0.01 $31.73 $66,000


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 4,430 0.53 1.95 $31.05 $64,580
California 3,400 0.24 0.90 $30.17 $62,750
Illinois 2,100 0.38 1.40 $32.59 $67,780
New Jersey 1,670 0.44 1.64 $24.22 $50,370
Texas 1,630 0.16 0.59 $22.05 $45,870




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 0.84 3.11 $21.91 $45,570
Nebraska 570 0.63 2.34 $20.34 $42,300
Minnesota 1,550 0.60 2.21 $26.62 $55,380
New York 4,430 0.53 1.95 $31.05 $64,580
New Jersey 1,670 0.44 1.64 $24.22 $50,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 2,100 0.38 1.40 $32.59 $67,780
District of Columbia 220 0.34 1.27 $31.81 $66,170
New York 4,430 0.53 1.95 $31.05 $64,580
Alaska 120 0.38 1.40 $30.47 $63,380
California 3,400 0.24 0.90 $30.17 $62,750





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 2,790 0.55 2.05 $34.26 $71,270
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,390 0.39 1.44 $31.46 $65,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 790 0.46 1.70 $27.84 $57,910
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 780 0.20 0.76 $29.28 $60,900
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 520 0.22 0.83 $30.88 $64,240
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 500 0.42 1.54 $24.00 $49,910
Pittsburgh, PA 450 0.40 1.50 $22.78 $47,370
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 410 0.60 2.23 $26.38 $54,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 400 0.22 0.83 $24.89 $51,770
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 400 0.24 0.89 $28.95 $60,220




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)
Pittsfield, MA 80 2.53 9.39 $23.69 $49,280
Lewiston, ID-WA 50 2.04 7.56 $21.76 $45,250
Rome, GA 60 1.66 6.15 $24.83 $51,650
Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner, MA 70 1.49 5.53 $21.39 $44,480
Cumberland, MD-WV 50 1.41 5.25 (8) (8)
Duluth, MN-WI 170 1.38 5.12 $26.02 $54,110
Grand Forks, ND-MN 60 1.31 4.85 $22.26 $46,300
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 170 1.24 4.59 $22.95 $47,730
Longview, WA 40 1.22 4.54 $29.75 $61,880
Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ 60 1.05 3.91 $25.28 $52,580




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 0.81 3.01 $40.91 $85,100
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 110 0.13 0.47 $38.13 $79,300
Boulder, CO 40 0.29 1.06 $35.71 $74,270
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 230 0.24 0.88 $34.98 $72,760
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,790 0.55 2.05 $34.26 $71,270
Salinas, CA 60 0.43 1.58 $33.93 $70,570
Peoria, IL (8) (8) (8) $33.91 $70,540
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 80 0.31 1.16 $32.10 $66,770
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 390 0.48 1.80 $31.91 $66,380
Rockford, IL (8) (8) (8) $31.86 $66,270

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 210 1.14 4.21 $21.97 $45,700
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.68 2.52 $16.76 $34,870
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 3.20 $24.20 $50,350
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 160 0.92 3.42 $21.92 $45,600
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 140 0.80 2.96 $24.52 $51,010

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 50 1.86 6.89 $25.31 $52,640
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 110 1.50 5.58 $20.18 $41,970
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 210 1.14 4.21 $21.97 $45,700
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 1.07 3.96 $25.48 $53,010
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 1.03 3.83 $30.31 $63,040

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 70 0.49 1.83 $35.50 $73,850
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $35.01 $72,820
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.15 $34.63 $72,030
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.59 2.18 $34.35 $71,440
North Arizona nonmetropolitan area 50 0.80 2.95 $33.64 $69,980


About May 2011 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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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