Occupational Employment Statistics


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.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 13011$26.24/hr$18.45/hr$21.30/hr$26.79/hr$30.85/hr$34.30/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and Utilities60$28.59/hr
Financial ActivitiesN/A$27.77/hr
Professional and Business Services40$34.97/hr
Education and Health Services560$29.97/hr
Public Administration120$27.92/hr
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 20$28.36/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 30$25.08/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40$28.79/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$27.14/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 100$29.28/hr4.5%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 100$29.38/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 110$30.86/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 110$26.60/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 110$27.33/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 130$26.79/hr6.9%
Southwest Minnesota 130$26.86/hr23.8%
Southwest Balance of State 150$31.27/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 170$29.25/hr6.3%
Central Minnesota 190$31.03/hr2.4%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 520$30.45/hr6.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 540$30.14/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,240$29.20/hr7.2%

  • Weigh, measure, and record fuel used.
  • Operate or tend stationary engines, boilers, and auxiliary equipment, such as pumps, compressors, or air-conditioning equipment, to supply and maintain steam or heat for buildings, marine vessels, or pneumatic tools.
  • Monitor boiler water, chemical, and fuel levels, and make adjustments to maintain required levels.
  • Observe and interpret readings on gauges, meters, and charts registering various aspects of boiler operation to ensure that boilers are operating properly.
  • Check the air quality of ventilation systems and make adjustments to ensure compliance with mandated safety codes.
  • Test boiler water quality or arrange for testing and take necessary corrective action, such as adding chemicals to prevent corrosion and harmful deposits.
  • Maintain daily logs of operation, maintenance, and safety activities, including test results, instrument readings, and details of equipment malfunctions and maintenance work.
  • Activate valves to maintain required amounts of water in boilers, to adjust supplies of combustion air, and to control the flow of fuel into burners.
  • Clean and lubricate boilers and auxiliary equipment and make minor adjustments as needed, using hand tools.
  • Adjust controls and/or valves on equipment to provide power, and to regulate and set operations of system or industrial processes.