Average Furnace Operator Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Furnace Operator is $16.51.
MEDIAN $16.51
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $22
$457 - $8,054
Profit Sharing
$1,830 - $5,000
Total Pay
$25,683 - $54,589

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Job Description for Furnace Operator

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.

Career Paths

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Furnace Operator
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Popular Skills for Furnace Operator

Skills in Heat, Machine Operation, Training, Systems Computer/Console Operations and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Furnace Operator

An entry-level Furnace Operator with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.02 based on 6 salaries. An early career Furnace Operator with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $15.48 based on 105 salaries. A mid-career Furnace Operator with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.68 based on 63 salaries. An experienced Furnace Operator with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.75 based on 48 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $19.
Employees with Furnace Operator in their job title in Detroit, Michigan earn an average of 23.5% more than the national average. The lowest salaries can be found in Erie, Pennsylvania (33.4% less), Los Angeles, California (9.1% less) and Houston, Texas (8.4% less).

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