How Much Do Furnace Operators Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier And Kettle Operators And Tenders

Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier And Kettle Operators And Tenders operate or tend heating equipment other than basic metal, plastic, or food processing equipment. Includes activities such as annealing glass, drying lumber, curing rubber, removing moisture from materials, or boiling soap.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$41910 per year
Hourly wage
$20 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$27,010 to $32,670 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $27,010 to $32,670 per year or $13 to $16 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier and Kettle Operators and Tenders to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $29 $60,310
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $50,390
Middle (Mid 50%) $20 $40,670
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $32,670
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $27,010

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WY $27 $56,360
ME $25 $52,370
IL $24 $49,600
NJ $23 $48,450
MI $23 $47,080
WA $22 $46,700
NY $22 $46,210
MT $22 $45,650
OR $22 $45,640
MN $22 $45,550

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Furnace, Kiln, Oven, Drier and Kettle Operator and Tender is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Furnace Operators are in the states of WY, ME, IL, NJ and MI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $59220 $28.47
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $52850 $25.41
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing $50030 $24.05
Management of Companies and Enterprises $49880 $23.98
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $48710 $23.42
Grain and Oilseed Milling $48270 $23.21
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing $47750 $22.96
Metal Ore Mining $46640 $22.42
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing $46520 $22.37
Rubber Product Manufacturing $46260 $22.24
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $46120 $22.17
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $45720 $21.98
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying $45380 $21.82
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing $44540 $21.41
Waste Treatment and Disposal $44510 $21.40
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $44080 $21.19
Chemical Manufacturing $43460 $20.90
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing $41740 $20.07
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $41540 $19.97
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing $40810 $19.62
Foundries $40520 $19.48
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing $40220 $19.34
Plastics Product Manufacturing $39980 $19.22
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $39460 $18.97
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing $38810 $18.66
Sawmills and Wood Preservation $38220 $18.38
Animal Slaughtering and Processing $37690 $18.12
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $37120 $17.85
Chemical Manufacturing $36570 $17.58
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $36020 $17.32

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