Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Carpenters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.60 per hour. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $6K, respectively — total cash payment to Carpenters can bottom out near $28K or peak near $72K depending on individual performance. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Most Carpenters report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fifth collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$24,802 - $76,127
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$45K
$76K
MEDIAN: $44,680
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$13.39 - $31.89
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MEDIAN: $19.60
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$0$76K
Salary $24,802 - $76,127
Bonus $204.98 - $5,041
Profit Sharing $294.41 - $6,061
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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$28,409 - $72,243
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 620
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $13.39 - $31.89
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.51
Overtime $19.66 - $44.88
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $204.98 - $5,041
Commission $0.00
Profit Sharing $294.41 - $6,061
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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$28,409 - $72,243
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,920

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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. It is quite typical for Carpenters to transition into roles as Carpenter Supervisors or Lead Carpenters, where reported median earnings are $9K and $6K higher per year.

Carpenter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Carpenter


Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., C Construction, Inc., Carpentry Contractors Corp, and Belfor Restoration are all popular places to work.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $54K, Tradesmen International, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $40K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Carpenter


Carpenters report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Blueprints, framer, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like framing, Drywall, and Roofing Materials Installation. Most people familiar with Cabinetry Installation also know 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: $42,122

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

Surpassing the national average by 46 percent, Carpenters in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+40 percent), Chicago (+37 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Seattle (+26 percent). Orlando is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

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 Brockton:
"It is physically taxing but also rewarding constructing."
Pros:
Cons:

Carpenter in Denver:
"Its ok."
Pros: Esop is the best.
Cons: Not enough money.

Carpenter in Republic:
"Layed back managent but always a rush."
Pros: It's pretty close to home and not a bad j9b.
Cons: The management is to unorganized.

Carpenter in Anaheim:
"Decent."
Pros: That it is always something different everyday.
Cons: The boss is a little rude and seems like he takes advantage.

Carpenter in Rutland:
"Finished product."
Pros: Walking away from a job well done.
Cons: Can get stressful.

Carpenter in Afton:
Pros: Learn to build your own house, learn how to opporate some equipment.
Cons: Very physically demanding, working in all weather conditions.

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Key Stats for Carpenter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 880 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Carpenter Salaries

▲21%

▲8%

National Average
$42,000

▼3%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Carpenter Salaries


▲5%

▲3%


National Average
$42,000


Carpenter
▼1%

Carpentry
▼1%

TRIM
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▼8%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 880 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
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 64%
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