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Carpenter Salary (United States)

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Carpenters earn an average of $19.11 per hour. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Carpenters like their work and job satisfaction is high. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-fifth collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Carpenter Salary (?
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$24,369 - $71,720
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MEDIAN: $44,493
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Carpenter Salary (?
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$12.64 - $30.95
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$24,369 - $71,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,456  
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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$26,898 - $69,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 348
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.64 - $30.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $1.73  
Overtime
$15.50 - $41.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,456  
   
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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$26,898 - $69,515  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,314
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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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As Carpenters transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. Career advancement for the typical Carpenter often leads to becoming a Carpenter Supervisor or a Lead Carpenter; median salaries in these positions are $10K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Carpenter

Survey results imply that Carpenters deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, finish, Blueprints, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include TRIM, Carpentry, and Drywall. Most people familiar with Blueprints also know Cabinetry Installation and Window or Door Installation.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $39K. For Carpenters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $49K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$41,000
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For Carpenters, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 49 percent greater than the national average. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in New York (+35 percent), Philadelphia (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and Portland (+23 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Austin is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Houston and Baltimore are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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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Blueprints
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Cabinetry Installation
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Finish Carpentry
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Carpenter
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FrameMaker
0%
Window or Door Installation
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National Average
$41,000
Flooring Installation
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Concrete
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Roofing Materials Installation
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framing
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Drywall
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Carpentry
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TRIM
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 572 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
20%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 63%