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Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $17.45 per hour. Approximately half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than a fifth collect dental insurance. Most Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,292 - $68,506
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$69K
MEDIAN: $38,396
10%
50%
90%

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$11.56 - $25.42
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,292 - $68,506  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,188  
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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$25,718 - $58,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.56 - $25.42  
   
Overtime
$15.41 - $35.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,188  
   
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).
)
$25,718 - $58,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 237

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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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Survey results show that Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers typically report just a few professional skills. Cabinetry Installation and Manufacturing Fabrication are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter

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. The average inexperienced worker earns $31K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $34K. For Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $42K on average.

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Experience Affects Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salaries

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 12%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 8%

National Average
$38,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
12%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 50%