Cabinet Installer Salary
Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Cabinet Installers earn an average of $17.41 per hour. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Cabinet Installers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one-third, and nearly one-sixth earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Cabinet Installer
Cabinet installers use their knowledge of carpentry, trim carpentry (such as fascia, the toe kick, and moldings), and installation techniques to install cabinet. Cabinet installers perform finishing work, so an eye for detail is required. These professionals most frequently work in residential environments, although they sometimes perform commercial work as well. Knowledge of painting and/or staining wood may be useful. Some cabinet installers also install countertops, which come in a variety of materials (such as laminate and solid surface).Read More...
Residential work performed by cabinet installers most frequently occurs in the kitchen or bathroom, but they may also work in closets, garages, multipurpose rooms, pantries, laundry rooms, and other areas. Installers should be comfortable working with both power tools and hand tools; power tools are often used in the cabinet-building process, and hand tools are necessary for the finishing process. Most employers expect the installer to own their own tools, and some ask that installers have their own truck as well. Cabinet installers are required to lift and carry heavy objects frequently.
Cabinet installers may work with two types of products: custom or ready-made; strong attention to detail is necessary for installers working with both types of products. They should also have a knowledge of basic math, as installers may be asked to measure rooms and spaces before installation and must ensure that all components fit as needed during installation.
Cabinet Installer Tasks
- Read sketches and blueprints to set up for project.
- Build and install cabinets.
- Purchase materials for company.
- Clean work area and tools.
- Use tools to shape materials for project requirements.
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Pay by Experience Level for Cabinet Installer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $34K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. Cabinet Installers bring in $46K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $50K.