Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
35,960 3.4 % $27.01 $56,190 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.50 $20.98 $26.26 $32.12 $39.21
Annual Wage (2) $34,320 $43,640 $54,630 $66,800 $81,560


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 5,280 0.10 $28.98 $60,280
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,490 0.12 $25.67 $53,400
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,070 0.06 $32.11 $66,790
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,840 3.11 $23.00 $47,830
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,640 2.49 $25.70 $53,450

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 2,840 3.11 $23.00 $47,830
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,640 2.49 $25.70 $53,450
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 640 1.34 $24.30 $50,540
Waste Treatment and Disposal 860 0.90 $27.70 $57,620
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 460 0.53 $19.03 $39,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Outpatient Care Centers 140 0.02 $36.51 $75,930
Postal Service 40 0.01 $35.88 $74,620
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 160 0.01 $34.15 $71,030
Offices of Physicians 90 (7) $33.43 $69,530
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 100 0.11 $33.20 $69,050


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 4,470 0.52 1.91 $33.10 $68,860
California 3,750 0.26 0.94 $32.88 $68,390
Pennsylvania 3,420 0.61 2.25 $22.20 $46,180
Illinois 2,410 0.42 1.56 $34.18 $71,090
Minnesota 1,720 0.64 2.35 $26.62 $55,370




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 460 0.80 2.94 $21.64 $45,000
Minnesota 1,720 0.64 2.35 $26.62 $55,370
District of Columbia 410 0.62 2.28 $33.65 $70,000
Pennsylvania 3,420 0.61 2.25 $22.20 $46,180
Nebraska 570 0.61 2.25 $20.36 $42,350




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 60 0.10 0.37 $35.79 $74,440
Illinois 2,410 0.42 1.56 $34.18 $71,090
District of Columbia 410 0.62 2.28 $33.65 $70,000
New York 4,470 0.52 1.91 $33.10 $68,860
California 3,750 0.26 0.94 $32.88 $68,390





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 2,630 0.50 1.85 $38.07 $79,180
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,440 0.39 1.44 $33.63 $69,960
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 880 0.49 1.81 $27.73 $57,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 710 0.18 0.66 $31.64 $65,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.27 0.98 $32.26 $67,110
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.56 2.08 $35.77 $74,400
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.42 1.56 $36.71 $76,360
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 410 0.77 2.85 $23.86 $49,630
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 390 0.21 0.78 $25.74 $53,530
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 390 0.40 1.49 $23.98 $49,880




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)
Longview, WA 120 3.46 12.76 $34.91 $72,620
Cumberland, MD-WV 70 1.81 6.68 $25.26 $52,530
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 130 1.69 6.23 $27.83 $57,890
Duluth, MN-WI 160 1.31 4.83 $26.44 $55,000
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 150 1.12 4.12 $24.31 $50,570
Grand Forks, ND-MN 60 1.11 4.08 $22.83 $47,490
Altoona, PA 60 1.02 3.76 $21.93 $45,610
Iowa City, IA 70 0.81 2.99 $27.60 $57,400
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 80 0.80 2.94 $32.61 $67,820
Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY 410 0.77 2.85 $23.86 $49,630




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)
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL 40 0.21 0.76 $48.06 $99,970
Springfield, IL 70 0.71 2.63 $42.20 $87,780
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,630 0.50 1.85 $38.07 $79,180
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 110 0.12 0.43 $37.14 $77,240
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 420 0.42 1.56 $36.71 $76,360
Modesto, CA 60 0.38 1.40 $36.17 $75,230
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.56 2.08 $35.77 $74,400
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 160 0.43 1.58 $34.94 $72,680
Longview, WA 120 3.46 12.76 $34.91 $72,620
Greenville-Mauldin-Easley, SC (8) (8) (8) $34.07 $70,870

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 240 1.29 4.74 $22.08 $45,940
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 200 1.15 4.25 $25.15 $52,320
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.06 3.90 $24.31 $50,560
Southern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 160 0.99 3.66 $26.46 $55,040
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 4.65 $26.18 $54,440

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)
Far Eastern North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 1.71 6.32 $21.98 $45,710
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 1.40 5.15 $25.72 $53,490
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 1.39 5.13 $20.79 $43,240
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 240 1.29 4.74 $22.08 $45,940
Southwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 1.26 4.65 $26.18 $54,440

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)
East Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 40 0.31 1.15 $39.89 $82,970
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 50 0.32 1.17 $38.26 $79,580
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 30 0.19 0.69 $36.40 $75,720
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 150 0.83 3.08 $33.42 $69,510
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.94 3.46 $32.30 $67,190


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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