Carpenter Salary

Carpenters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.32 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by years of experience and the specific company. The majority of Carpenters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one-fifth collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$26,083 - $70,354
(Median)
$26K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,222
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$12.91 - $31.33
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,083 - $70,354  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,536  
Profit Sharing
$41.22 - $3,878  
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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$27,711 - $70,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 418
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.91 - $31.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.42  
Overtime
$16.93 - $42.06  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,536  
   
Profit Sharing
$41.22 - $3,878  
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).
)
$27,711 - $70,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,302
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Job Description for Carpenter

A carpenter must be able to build closets, counters, shelves, cabinets, doors, bulletin boards, window, wall panels and other related finish carpentry items. The work is mostly physical labor, but mental ability is needed as well. A carpenter must have good math skills to be able to measure correctly. The job involves bending, lifting and some repetitive motions. A carpenter must be able to work with the general public and accommodate their needs. He or she must be able to work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to following verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job. They must be able to select lumber, materials and supplies; and dismantle or demolish and remove designated items prior to the commencement of repairs. A carpenter ust be able to use a variety of power tools and hand tools. Work can be inside or outside in most any weather. Almost all types of businesses have a need for a carpenter eventually. Work can be done in solitary or with a team of other carpenters and supervisors. Most companies that hire carpenters are looking for experience or apprenticeship work or some kind of formal training. A carpenter usually works a typical daytime shift, but could be asked to work non-typical hours that do not coincide with the client's work hours so as not to disrupt the normal business. Carpenters can have a specialty that they are proficient in, such as cabinetry, or can do general carpentry work.


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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Carpenters may progress into high-paying roles like Construction Project Manager, where median compensation is $70K annually. Typical career progression for a Carpenter involves becoming a Carpenter Supervisor or a Lead Carpenter, roles that pay $9K more and $6K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Carpenter


Carpenters report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Finish Carpentry, Project Management, Blueprints, and finish carpenter are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Carpentry, TRIM, and framing. Most people familiar with Cabinetry Installation also know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $39K. On average, Carpenters make $42K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Carpenters with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Carpenters, 52 percent above the national average. Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+39 percent), New York (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+27 percent), and Los Angeles (+26 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Atlanta and 2 percent less in Baltimore, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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finish carpenter
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Cabinetry Installation
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Carpenter
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National Average
$41,000

FrameMaker
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Window or Door Installation
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Flooring Installation
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Roofing Materials Installation
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Siding Installation
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Drywall
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TRIM
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Carpentry
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 637 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 62%
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