Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators

3.9/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $31.09 hourly
as of 2020

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 89% (Robots are watching)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' job openings is expected to rise 5.8% by 2030
'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 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

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

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' was $64,680, or $31.09 hourly
'Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators' are paid 54.2% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed in this occupation?

As of 2020 there were 29,550 people employed as Stationary Engineers and Boiler Operators.
This represents around 0.02% of the employed workforce across the United States.

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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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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