Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

4.6/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $30.53 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 64% (Robots are watching)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' job openings is expected to rise 4% by 2031
'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' is expected to be an average growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' was $63,500, or $30.53 hourly
'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' are paid 38.8% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as stationary engineers and boiler operators?

As of 2021 there were 29,820 people employed as Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators within the United States.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 4 thousand people are employed as Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.

Job description

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.

SOC Code: 51-8021.00


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DJH (Small chance) says
By law in our state, a licensed operator must be on the premises when the boiler is in operation. Also required by the insurance company. 15 of our 20 operators are over 60 years old, & we are shorthanded by 2 or 3. Seems hard to believe the insurance companies will go along with a change in the law that will open them up to massive liability if a boiler explodes. More likely a 30 year old will have a lifetime job.
Mar 13, 2021 at 07:25 PM
MB (Small chance) says
NFPA 85 requires trained operators to perform startups and initiate restarts from various conditions. Until this is changed, experienced operators will be needed.
Jul 14, 2020 at 07:17 PM
MrH (Could go either way) says
Dangerous equipment usually requires some human presence as a safeguard, but crews with multiple engineers may face massive layoffs.
Apr 25, 2019 at 03:26 PM

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