Furnace Operator Salary
Furnace Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.93 per hour. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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|$25,162 - $58,463|
|Hourly Rate||$11.79 - $22.91|
|Overtime||$1.55 - $35.24|
|Total Pay (||$25,162 - $58,463|
Job Description for Furnace Operator
Furnace operators maintain and operate various furnaces (powered by oil, gas, coal, electricity, etc.) in a variety of industries, especially manufacturing.Read More...
An associate's degree in a relevant field or trade school experience may be required for this position, though employers may also consider candidates who have a high school diploma and relevant work experience. Furnace operators must be able to troubleshoot and to repair minor problems related to their furnaces, and should also have in-depth understanding of various instrumentation and controls related to the furnaces that are being used within the facility. They must maintain control systems and process instruments, and should also maintain logs to note furnace problems and report them to a supervisor.
Furnace operators must have basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office programs, and some employers may require background checks and drug tests. Furnace operators must be flexible, as they often work on rotating shifts, and they may also be on-call to work nights and weekends. They must wear special protective gear and strictly follow safety procedures and guidelines established by their company, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the ability to work well in a team environment is also necessary. Furnace operators may need to attend training classes and relevant workshops regularly, and some may also train and coach new furnace operators.
Furnace Operator Tasks
- Quality control products leaving the furnace and materials entering the furnace.
- Ensure proper functioning and maintenance of the furnace.
- Load and unload supplies, products, and fuel.
- Alert supervisors to safety, mechanical and other problems.
Pay by Experience Level for Furnace Operator
Pay by Experience for a Furnace Operator has a positive trend. An entry-level Furnace Operator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 78 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Furnace Operator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 51 salaries. An experienced Furnace Operator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 32 salaries. A Furnace Operator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 14 salaries.
Key Stats for Furnace Operator
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