Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
37,550 3.1 % $27.92 $58,070 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $16.88 $21.55 $27.08 $33.43 $41.19
Annual Wage (2) $35,110 $44,830 $56,330 $69,530 $85,670


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 5,100 0.10 $29.51 $61,370
Local Government (OES Designation) 3,550 0.07 $33.44 $69,560
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 3,510 0.12 $26.15 $54,390
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,670 2.55 $26.47 $55,060
State Government (OES Designation) 2,600 0.12 $27.42 $57,030

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 2,530 2.78 $22.88 $47,600
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills 2,670 2.55 $26.47 $55,060
Water, Sewage and Other Systems 640 1.33 $24.66 $51,290
Waste Treatment and Disposal 910 0.98 $28.09 $58,430
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 590 0.66 $19.20 $39,950

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Postal Service 40 0.01 $36.87 $76,680
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers 40 0.01 $36.13 $75,160
Outpatient Care Centers 150 0.02 $35.98 $74,850
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services 230 0.02 $35.04 $72,890
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing 110 0.11 $34.82 $72,420


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 4,170 0.47 1.70 $33.36 $69,380
California 3,930 0.26 0.94 $34.14 $71,000
Pennsylvania 3,780 0.67 2.41 $22.88 $47,580
Illinois 3,650 0.63 2.28 $36.35 $75,600
New Jersey 1,710 0.44 1.59 $25.78 $53,630




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)
District of Columbia 590 0.87 3.14 $33.82 $70,350
Maine 420 0.71 2.56 $22.42 $46,640
Pennsylvania 3,780 0.67 2.41 $22.88 $47,580
Illinois 3,650 0.63 2.28 $36.35 $75,600
Minnesota 1,650 0.60 2.17 $26.69 $55,510




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 70 0.11 0.41 $37.37 $77,740
Illinois 3,650 0.63 2.28 $36.35 $75,600
California 3,930 0.26 0.94 $34.14 $71,000
District of Columbia 590 0.87 3.14 $33.82 $70,350
New York 4,170 0.47 1.70 $33.36 $69,380





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,570 0.68 2.46 $36.88 $76,710
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.43 1.56 $38.88 $80,860
Pittsburgh, PA 1,510 1.34 4.82 $22.91 $47,660
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 920 0.51 1.82 $28.18 $58,620
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 810 0.20 0.72 $33.96 $70,640
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 760 0.32 1.15 $32.89 $68,400
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.54 1.95 $36.43 $75,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 490 0.27 0.97 $31.00 $64,480
Newark-Union, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 460 0.48 1.73 $23.41 $48,680
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.45 1.61 $38.27 $79,590




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 130 3.85 13.87 $35.55 $73,950
Cumberland, MD-WV 70 2.07 7.44 $25.40 $52,820
Ames, IA 80 1.84 6.63 $21.62 $44,970
Pittsburgh, PA 1,510 1.34 4.82 $22.91 $47,660
Rockford, IL 170 1.17 4.20 $31.62 $65,770
Duluth, MN-WI 120 0.99 3.55 $25.75 $53,570
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 120 0.94 3.37 $24.26 $50,450
Mankato-North Mankato, MN 50 0.93 3.34 $26.74 $55,620
Grand Forks, ND-MN 40 0.86 3.09 $23.68 $49,260
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 90 0.85 3.05 $23.57 $49,020




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 60 0.34 1.22 $43.45 $90,390
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,340 0.43 1.56 $38.88 $80,860
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.45 1.61 $38.27 $79,590
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 100 0.10 0.35 $38.08 $79,200
El Centro, CA 30 0.58 2.10 $37.79 $78,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,570 0.68 2.46 $36.88 $76,710
Honolulu, HI 30 0.07 0.25 $36.52 $75,970
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 590 0.54 1.95 $36.43 $75,780
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 150 0.38 1.37 $36.27 $75,440
Modesto, CA 40 0.24 0.88 $35.59 $74,020

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 230 1.20 4.33 $22.91 $47,640
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 190 1.09 3.91 $25.29 $52,600
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 160 0.84 3.03 $23.45 $48,770
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.78 2.80 $27.42 $57,030
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.71 2.54 $22.70 $47,210

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 50 1.82 6.54 $23.02 $47,870
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 1.29 4.66 $21.39 $44,500
Northwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 30 1.23 4.42 $26.47 $55,050
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 230 1.20 4.33 $22.91 $47,640
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 130 1.13 4.06 $25.25 $52,530

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 0.35 1.27 $38.44 $79,960
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 0.86 $38.05 $79,140
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 130 0.72 2.60 $34.04 $70,800
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.87 3.13 $32.67 $67,950
South Illinois nonmetropolitan area 120 0.81 2.93 $31.82 $66,190


About May 2014 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.

(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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015