Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers in the United States, bringing in about $17.64 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. Medical benefits are awarded to one-half, and approximately one in five earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,328 - $59,180
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$59K
MEDIAN: $38,222
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90%

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$12.44 - $25.19
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$24,328 - $59,180  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,156  
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,989 - $56,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.44 - $25.19  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.05  
Overtime
$18.23 - $34.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,156  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,989 - $56,292  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 247
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Job Description for Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter

Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters generally work with wood products to create items of use such as tables, chairs, and benches. They measure and cut different types of wood (typically using woodworking machines such as power saws and jointers), as well as assemble and finish products. They must incorporate factors such as the quality of the wood, knots, and the intricacy of designs into their work, which may include pricing. Increasingly, computer software is used in cabinetmakers' and bench carpenters' work, and so skills in related design and manufacturing software may be preferred or required in this trade. These professionals must also know how to work with nails, glue, dowels, clamps, and other tools needed to assemble completed wood products. Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters must also be skilled in sanding, staining, and other methods necessary to finish wood.

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Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Tasks

  • Select lumber, materials and supplies.
  • Work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job.
  • Build closets, counters, shelves, cabinets, doors, bulletin boards, windows, wall panels and other related finish carpentry items.
  • Dismantle or demolish and remove designated items prior to the commencement of repairs.

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Pay by Experience Level for Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $42K.

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Experience Affects Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salaries

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 8%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 7%

National Average
$39,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
44%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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