Carpenter Salary (United States)

A Carpenter earns an average wage of $18.77 per hour. A skill in finish is associated with high pay for this job.
Carpenter Total Pay (?
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$24,059 - $74,620
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $44,806
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Carpenter Total Pay (?
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$12.38 - $30.93
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$24,059 - $74,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,435  
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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$26,381 - $70,124  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.38 - $30.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.74  
Overtime
$15.18 - $41.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,435  
   
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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$26,381 - $70,124  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,342
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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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
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Honolulu
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Philadelphia
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Minneapolis
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Denver
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San Diego
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National Average
$41,000
Pittsburgh
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Baltimore
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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
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finish carpenter
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Carpenter
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Blueprints
up arrow 4%
Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 4%
Window or Door Installation
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FrameMaker
0%
Flooring Installation
0%
National Average
$41,000
Finish Carpentry
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Concrete
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TRIM
up arrow 7%
Drywall
up arrow 8%
Carpentry
up arrow 10%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 525 votes.
Gender
Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
29%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 35% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 63%
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