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

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders operate or tend furnaces, such as gas, oil, coal, electric-arc or electric induction, open-hearth, or oxygen furnaces, to melt and refine metal before casting or to produce specified types of steel.

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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
$46000 per year
Hourly wage
$22 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,750 to $35,790 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $17 per hour

Entry-level Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,750 to $35,790 per year or $14 to $17 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 Metal-Refining Furnace 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%) $31 $64,570
Senior (Top 25%) $27 $55,770
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $44,610
Junior (Bottom 25%) $17 $35,790
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,750

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
SC $32 $66,530
UT $27 $56,030
OR $27 $55,250
NV $26 $54,840
WV $26 $54,640
MN $26 $53,970
RI $25 $51,140
LA $24 $50,540
PA $24 $50,050
NJ $24 $49,700

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Metal-Refining Furnace Operator and Tender is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like SC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at SC 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 SC, UT, OR, NV and WV.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Metal Ore Mining $55120 $26.50
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $50780 $24.42
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing $49930 $24.01
Machinery Manufacturing $49530 $23.81
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $48240 $23.19
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel $47650 $22.91
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing $46310 $22.26
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing $46070 $22.15
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities $44470 $21.38
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing $44100 $21.20
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $42890 $20.62
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $42780 $20.57
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing $42100 $20.24
Foundries $42010 $20.20
Employment Services $38990 $18.74
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $36940 $17.76
Rubber Product Manufacturing $31130 $14.97
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing $ $*
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $ $*

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