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Furnace Operator Salary

$44,613 (USD)

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Last updated: May 24, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Furnace Operator is $44,613 a year and $21 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Furnace Operator is between $33,177 and $54,145. On average, a High School Degree is the highest level of education for a Furnace Operator. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Prepares, operates, and controls furnace to refine or melt ore or metal to specified temperature, and changes controls to regulate the furnace and to maintain specified temperature.
  • Weighs out specified amounts of metal and charges metal into furnace by hand, using hoist, or by directing crane operator to charge furnace.
  • Observes color, fluidity of molten bath, and appearance of metal on bar, to estimate temperature, or measures temperature, using pyrometer.
Furnace Operator Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier, and Kettle Operators and Tenders

Job family population: 18,030

Estimated population of Furnace Operator jobs: 2,022

Rate of error: 3.0%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %



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Furnace Operator Job Listings for United States

Furnace Operator
Mar 15
Pontiac, MI, USA
Job Description A client of ours located in Pontiac MI is in search of a Furnace Operator in a Heat Treating facility. This position is a Contract-to-hire opportunity. Great starting wage with room ...
Furnace Operator
Mar 14
Millington, TN, USA
Express Employment Professionals Memphis, TN
Currently Seeking an Experienced Furnace Operator - MILLINGTON AREA Must be Able to: Able to work a Rotating Shift (3 days on 3 days off) Read gauges and record weights, levels, and temperatures ...
Furnace Operator
Mar 6
Appleton, WI, USA
US Tech Force - Appleton
FURNACE OPERATOR--6AM-6PM OR 6PM-6AM Skills assessments are offered to earn wage increases and earn many generous bonuses.​ Essential Function(s) of the Position: The duties listed below are the ...
Apr 23
Clarksville, TN, USA
U.S. Zinc Corporation
Core Accountabilities · Charge and clean the furnace using different tools. · Drain, transfer, or remove molten metal from furnaces, and place it into molds · Skim or remove excess metal from ...
General Labor - Furnace Operator - Foundry Worker
Apr 26
Avilla, IN, USA
Aluminum Recovery Technologies
We are currently seeking qualified candidates for our 2nd shift (3:00pm-11:00pm) and our 12 hour night shift (7:00pm-7:00am, 2 on, 2 off, 3 on, 2 off) * loading metal into the furnace * drain ...
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