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Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Carpenters in the United States, bringing in about $19.34 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and just under a fourth earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Carpenters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,111 - $72,491
(Median)
$25K
$45K
$72K
MEDIAN: $44,526
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$12.87 - $31.38
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,111 - $72,491  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,488  
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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$27,467 - $70,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 380
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.87 - $31.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.04  
Overtime
$16.37 - $42.02  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,488  
   
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).
)
$27,467 - $70,670  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,738

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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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As Carpenters transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. Carpenter Supervisors or Lead Carpenters are common next-step roles for Carpenters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Carpenter Supervisors is $9K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Lead Carpenters.

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Popular Skills for Carpenter


Carpenters seem to wield many 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 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include TRIM, Carpentry, and Drywall. Most people skilled in Blueprints are similarly competent in 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $39K. Carpenters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. Carpenters who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Carpenters, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+32 percent), Philadelphia (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and Boston (+22 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 16 percent below the national average. Houston and Baltimore are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 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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finish
up arrow 5%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

Cabinetry Installation
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Roofing Materials Installation
0%

Carpenter
0%

National Average
$41,000

FrameMaker
up arrow 1%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 1%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 1%

Siding Installation
up arrow 4%

up arrow 5%

Drywall
up arrow 8%

Carpentry
up arrow 10%

TRIM
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 638 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 62%