The average hourly pay for a Furnace Operator is $16.51.
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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. 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-dept…Read more
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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Popular Skills for Furnace Operator
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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.
Pay Difference by Location
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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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