Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $17.29 per hour nationwide. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly one-half enjoy medical while somewhere between a fifth and a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-tenth. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,190 - $60,608
(Median)
$24K
$38K
$61K
MEDIAN: $37,649
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50%
90%

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$11.66 - $24.82
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$24,190 - $60,608  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
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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$25,254 - $55,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.66 - $24.82  
   
Overtime
$15.80 - $34.40  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
   
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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$25,254 - $55,697  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 238
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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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Professional skills reported by Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers are few in number. Cabinetry Installation and Manufacturing Fabrication are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 12 percent and 9 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter

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


For Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $31K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $34K. Bench Carpenter Cabinetmakers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. 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 3%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Cabinetmaker, Bench Carpenter Salaries

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 12%

Manufacturing Fabrication
up arrow 9%

National Average
$38,000

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
12%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 51%
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