Furnace Operator Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Furnace Operators in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.98 per hour nationwide. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Furnace Operators — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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
- 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.
For Furnace Operators, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $37K. Furnace Operators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Furnace Operators with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.