Carpenter Salary

Men account for the majority of Carpenters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $19.32 per hour. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Most Carpenters report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while just under a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-seventh. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$26,147 - $70,183

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$12.93 - $31.20

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,147 - $70,183  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
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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$27,757 - $69,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.93 - $31.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $2.15  
Overtime
$16.95 - $41.81  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
   
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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$27,757 - $69,779  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,369
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. Carpenters most often move into positions as Carpenter Supervisors or Lead Carpenters; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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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, Blueprints, and finish carpenter are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Carpentry, TRIM, and framing. Most people who know Cabinetry Installation also know Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Carpenters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $39K. For Carpenters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income 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 will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+38 percent), New York (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+28 percent), and Los Angeles (+24 percent). San Diego is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Baltimore (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
up arrow 9%


Blueprints
up arrow 3%

finish carpenter
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Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 1%

Carpenter
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National Average
$41,000

FrameMaker
up arrow 1%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 1%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 2%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 2%

Drywall
up arrow 2%

Siding Installation
up arrow 3%

up arrow 6%

TRIM
up arrow 10%

Carpentry
up arrow 11%

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
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 62%
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