Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Carpenters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.44 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in five collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$25,289 - $72,154
(Median)
$25K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,736
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$13.02 - $31.40
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,289 - $72,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,463  
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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$27,801 - $70,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $31.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.70  
Overtime
$17.84 - $42.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,463  
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).
)
$27,801 - $70,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,715
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Job Description for Carpenter

A carpenter creates wooden products that are often used to create structures, such as furniture, artwork, foundations, doors, and window framing. Much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be able to adhere to deadlines. Attention to detail is essential, as the end product needs to be safe and aesthetically please.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Carpenter


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For Carpenters, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. It is quite typical for Carpenters to transition into roles as Carpenter Supervisors or Lead Carpenters, where reported median earnings are $9K and $6K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Carpenter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Finish Carpentry, Blueprints, and Carpenter are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Carpentry, framing, and Roofing Materials Installation. Most people skilled in Cabinetry Installation are similarly competent in Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

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


Carpenters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Carpenters who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,492

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Carpenters in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 41 percent above the national average. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+38 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), New York (+28 percent), and Philadelphia (+25 percent). Trailing the national average by 10 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers in Atlanta and Baltimore also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Carpenter Reviews

What is it like working as a Carpenter?

Carpenter in Okeechobee:
"Long And Hard."
Pros: Seeing the finish product after the job is complete.
Cons: The least would have to be being under paid

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Experience Affects Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$41,000



Skills That Affect Carpenter Salaries


Finish Carpentry
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Blueprints
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Carpenter
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framer
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Cabinetry Installation
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National Average
$41,000

Window or Door Installation
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FrameMaker
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Flooring Installation
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TRIM
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Siding Installation
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Drywall
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Roofing Materials Installation
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Carpentry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 779 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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