Career Profile


Education High school diploma or equivalent
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $61,700
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Boilermakers assemble, install, maintain, and repair boilers, closed vats, and other large vessels or containers that hold liquids and gases.

General Information

Construct, assemble, maintain, and repair stationary steam boilers and boiler house auxiliaries. Align structures or plate sections to assemble boiler frame tanks or vats, following blueprints. Work involves use of hand and power tools, plumb bobs, levels, wedges, dogs, or turnbuckles. Assist in testing assembled vessels. Direct cleaning of boilers and boiler furnaces. Inspect and repair boiler fittings, such as safety valves, regulators, automatic-control mechanisms, water columns, and auxiliary machines.


Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 7 openings per year are projected for Boilermakers.


Employment Change

Employment for Boilermakers is forecasted to increase on par with the regional average by 8.4% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $29.68/hour. Entry level workers are paid $24.69, while experienced workers are paid $32.18. The median wage is above average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 61 Boilermakers in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 67.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Boilermakers are Utility System Construction, Building Equipment Contractors, and Nonresidential Building Construction.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Boilermakers include Mathematics, Design, and Building and Construction.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Boilermakers is HS diploma or less. 8% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET