Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

risk level
Based on 38 votes
by year 2032
or $32.27 per hour
as of 2022

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Automation risk

64% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Finger Dexterity

User poll

55% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted they are unsure if this occupation will be automated. However, the automation risk level we have generated suggests a much higher chance of automation: 64% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?


Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' job openings is expected to rise 4.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


High paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' was $67,120, or $32 per hour

'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' were paid 44.9% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 31,470 people employed as 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% 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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GP (Low) says
Like others have said. There is a small chance stationary engineers will be replaced by aI because we are the ones controlling/maintaining the machines.
May 09, 2023 at 07:42 PM
DJH (Low) 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 (Low) 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 (Uncertain) 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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