• Entry Level Salary


  • National Median Pay


  • Real Go-Getters Make


  • Sources:  Emsi, 2022


  • Welding of small diameter tube/pipe
  • Fabrication, installation, testing, and maintenance of boilers, tanks, vats, and pressure vessels
  • Lay out, assembly, and tear down of scaffolding, cranes or other support structures.
  • Installing auxiliary mechanisms, such as tubes, fittings, valves, and boiler instrumentation
  • Conducting inspections and preparing preventative maintenance reports

Education & Training

Education and training that can lead to a successful career may include:

Minimum Education

High school diploma or equivalent

Recommended Education

Certificate in welding, metals fabrication, pipe welding, etc.

Advanced Education

Associate degree in welding, metals fabrication, pipe welding, etc.

Recommended Training

Related boiler or pipe welding work experience

Advanced Training

Apprenticeship program

Recommended Certification

AWS Certified Welder

Essential Skills 

  • Highly motivated and self-directed
  • Flexible and able to work in a team environment
  • Mechanically inclined and manual dexterity
  • Able to work in harsh weather (heat, cold, snow, rain, etc.)
  • Able to read blueprints, analyze design plans, and understand building codes

Work Environment

Many boilermakers work in the field on active construction sites. Often extensive travel is required, but opportunities also exist in shop environments. 

The heat map below showcases the total number of job postings for Boilermakers in the last twelve months by state. As shown, the darker the color of the state, the higher the concentration of job postings. The heat map is intended to provide insight into areas where Boilermaker careers are currently in demand.


Top Industries



Water Heaters, Boilers, Power Generation Components, Brewing & Distilling


Steel Mills, Food & Beverage Processing Equipment, Power Plant Shut Downs & Expansion, Recycling Facilities


Railway Components, Waste Management, Building & Structural Components

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