Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Carpenters in the United States, bringing in about $19.31 per hour. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by tenure and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while approximately one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a seventh. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,948 - $70,183
(Median)
$26K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $44,920
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$12.92 - $31.18
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,948 - $70,183  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,523  
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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$27,729 - $69,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.92 - $31.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.42  
Overtime
$16.76 - $41.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,523  
   
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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$27,729 - $69,717  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 4,262
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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. 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


Survey takers working as Carpenters report using a large range of professional skills. 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 11 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Carpentry, TRIM, and framing. For most people, competency in Cabinetry Installation indicates knowledge of Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

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


For many Carpenters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $33K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $39K. Carpenters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Carpenters with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Carpenters in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+29 percent), Philadelphia (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Boston (+20 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Austin. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Atlanta (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Blueprints
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Cabinetry Installation
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National Average
$41,000

FrameMaker
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Window or Door Installation
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Flooring Installation
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Roofing Materials Installation
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Siding Installation
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TRIM
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Carpentry
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 635 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: 15% employee benefits None: 63%
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