Furnace Operators in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.01 per hour. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$40,084 - $101,736
$66K
MEDIAN: $65,500
50%

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$11.65 - $23.18
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.01
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$65,500  
   
Bonus
$2,948  
Profit Sharing
$4,880  
Total Pay (?
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$24,784 - $58,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $23.18  
   
Overtime
$1.54 - $35.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$2,948  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,880  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,784 - $58,463  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 142

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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.

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Furnace Operator Tasks

  • Load and unload supplies, products, and fuel.
  • Alert supervisors to safety, mechanical and other problems.
  • Quality control products leaving the furnace and materials entering the furnace.
  • Ensure proper functioning and maintenance of the furnace.

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Pay by Experience Level for Furnace Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. Furnace Operators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Furnace Operators who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Key Stats for Furnace Operator

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Furnace Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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