Carpenter Salary

A sizeable majority of Carpenters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $19.50 per hour. In the world of Carpenters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $28K and $72K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction for Carpenters is high. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in five collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,071 - $74,771
$25K
$44K
$75K
MEDIAN: $44,138
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$13.29 - $31.90
$13
$19
$32
MEDIAN: $19.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,071 - $74,771  
   
Bonus
$202.33 - $5,021  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $6,362  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$28,248 - $71,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 586
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $31.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.70  
Overtime
$19.67 - $45.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$202.33 - $5,021  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $6,362  
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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$28,248 - $71,783  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,746

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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

  • 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.
  • Select lumber, materials and supplies.
  • Work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job.

Common Career Paths for Carpenter


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Carpenters' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. The average Construction Project Manager brings home $70K per year. When Carpenters are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Carpenter Supervisors or Lead Carpenters. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $6K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Carpenter


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Carpenters include Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., C Construction, Inc., Carpentry Contractors Corp, and Belfor Restoration.

Tradesmen International, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $40K) but some workers make up to $54K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Carpenter


Survey results imply that Carpenters deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Blueprints, framer, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include framing, Drywall, and Roofing Materials Installation. Most people skilled in Cabinetry Installation are similarly competent in Blueprints and FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

Pay by Experience for a Carpenter has a positive trend. An entry-level Carpenter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 2,058 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Carpenter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 1,741 salaries. An experienced Carpenter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 2,506 salaries. A Carpenter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,726 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,813

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Carpenters, 47 percent higher than the national average. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+41 percent), Chicago (+38 percent), New York (+28 percent), and Seattle (+27 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 4 percent.

Carpenter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Carpenter?

Carpenter in Quincy:
"Amazing."
Pros: I love doing what I do because I get to meet wonderful people and no two days are the same the field is constantly growing and changing and we must change with it.
Cons: Feeling like I'm being taken advantage of.

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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Key Stats for Carpenter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 739 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Carpenter Salaries

▲22%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼2%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Carpenter Salaries


▲6%

▲4%


Carpenter
▼0%

Carpentry
▼0%

TRIM
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National Average
$42,000







▼7%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 739 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
no benefits
None: 64%