Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Carpenters in the United States, bringing in about $19.44 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career length and the particular employer. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a fifth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Carpenters is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,289 - $72,154
(Median)
$25K
$44K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,736
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$13.02 - $31.40
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,289 - $72,154  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,463  
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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$27,801 - $70,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 565
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $31.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.70  
Overtime
$17.84 - $42.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,981  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $5,463  
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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$27,801 - $70,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,715
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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

  • 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. The most common next step for a Carpenter is to become a Carpenter Supervisor or a Lead Carpenter. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $6K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Carpenter


Carpenters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Finish Carpentry, Blueprints, and Carpenter are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Carpentry, framing, and Roofing Materials Installation. 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.


For many Carpenters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $40K. Carpenters bring in $43K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $50K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,492

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

Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Carpenters, 41 percent higher than the national average. Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+38 percent), Los Angeles (+30 percent), New York (+28 percent), and Philadelphia (+25 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, San Diego is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta (9 percent lower) and Baltimore (2 percent lower).

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
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Blueprints
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Carpenter
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framer
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Cabinetry Installation
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National Average
$41,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 779 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 62%
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