Carpenters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.52 per hour. Overall cash earnings for Carpenters stretch from $28K on the lower end to $72K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $7K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. For the most part, Carpenters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while close to one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in seven. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,216 - $74,481
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$44K
$74K
MEDIAN: $43,559
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$13.29 - $31.73
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MEDIAN: $19.52
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,216 - $74,481  
   
Bonus
$248.32 - $5,016  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $6,500  
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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$28,230 - $71,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 599
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $31.73  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.70  
Overtime
$19.55 - $44.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$248.32 - $5,016  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$305.21 - $6,500  
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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$28,230 - $71,661  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5,865

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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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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. 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Carpenter


Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., C Construction, Inc., Carpentry Contractors Corp, and Belfor Restoration are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Carpenters.

Tradesmen International, Inc. reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $41K) but some workers make up to $54K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Carpenter


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Blueprints, framer, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like framing, Carpentry, and Drywall. Most people skilled in Cabinetry Installation are similarly competent in Blueprints and FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

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


For Carpenters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $35K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $41K. Carpenters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Carpenter generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,803

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Carpenters, 43 percent higher than the national average. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+42 percent), Chicago (+36 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Seattle (+26 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Portland is the market with the smallest paychecks.

Carpenter Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Carpenter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 743 votes.
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Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$42,000



Skills That Affect Carpenter Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 743 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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