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.

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

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$11.65 - $22.96
(Median)
$12
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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 (?
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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$24,812 - $56,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $22.96  
   
Overtime
$1.53 - $34.69  
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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$24,812 - $56,839  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 140
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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.


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.

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Experience Affects Furnace Operator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$36,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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