Salary for Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

Also known as:  Electric Arc Furnace Operator, Melt Room Operator, Smelter Operator

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These workers install, operate, tend, and test furnaces in order to produce specific types of steel or melt and refine metal before casting. This includes coal, gas, electric, open-hearth or oxygen furnaces. To be considered for this position, completion of high school or its equivalency is usually necessary. Once hired, an employer usually requires up to a year of formal on-site job training before an employee can start work.

A Metal-Refining Furnace Operator or Tender usually receives a compensation in a range of $29,750 - $64,570 depending on education and experience. will most likely receive an average compensation of fourty-six thousand dollars per year.

have the best average pay in South Carolina, where they receive salary pay of close to about $66,530. Employees with these job titles can obtain the highest salaries in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, where they can get pay of $55,120.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 37.07 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$55,120
Manufacturing
$46,180
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$39,450
Wholesale Trade
$36,860

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
$36,860
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$39,450
Manufacturing
$46,180
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$55,120