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Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salary

Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.56 per hour. Though the majority of Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and somewhere between a fifth and a fourth collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$24,392 - $67,871
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MEDIAN: $36,669
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$12.06 - $25.91
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$24,392 - $67,871  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
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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$26,516 - $59,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.06 - $25.91  
   
Overtime
$15.89 - $35.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,197  
   
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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$26,516 - $59,932  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 249
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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.


Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $32K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $34K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $41K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

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Experience Affects Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 51%