Furnace Operator Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Furnace Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $14.63 per hour nationwide. Though the majority of Furnace Operators do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, about one in four claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$10.37 - $20.89
(Median)
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$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.37 - $20.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$13.41 - $32.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,010  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,675  
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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$24,191 - $45,436  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Furnace Operator

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $31K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $35K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $42K. For some reason, Furnace Operators with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $40K.

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Experience Affects Furnace Operator Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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