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Carpenter Salary

Men account for the majority of Carpenters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.31 per hour. While career length and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. More than a third enjoy medical while approximately one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one-sixth. For the most part, Carpenters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,069 - $71,402
(Median)
$25K
$45K
$71K
MEDIAN: $44,601
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$12.89 - $31.37
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,069 - $71,402  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,484  
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $3,915  
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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$27,453 - $70,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 398
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.89 - $31.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $4.62  
Overtime
$16.35 - $42.00  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,484  
   
Profit Sharing
$40.85 - $3,915  
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).
)
$27,453 - $70,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,914

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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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At the upper end, Carpenters who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. Career advancement for the typical Carpenter often leads to becoming a Carpenter Supervisor or a Lead Carpenter; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Carpenter


Carpenters report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Finish Carpentry, Project Management, finish, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include TRIM, Carpentry, and Drywall. Most people who know Blueprints also know Cabinetry Installation and Window or Door Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

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


Carpenters generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. On average, Carpenters make $42K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Carpenters, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 46 percent greater than the national average. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+30 percent), Philadelphia (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Boston (+22 percent). Austin is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 16 percent. Employers pay around 2 percent less in San Diego and 1 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
up arrow 9%


finish
up arrow 5%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 2%

Carpenter
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

FrameMaker
up arrow 1%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 1%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 1%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 1%


up arrow 5%

Drywall
up arrow 8%

Carpentry
up arrow 11%

TRIM
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 636 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: 16% employee benefits None: 62%
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