Carpenters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $19.49 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Carpenters spread between $28K and $71K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in five collect dental insurance. Most Carpenters report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$25,143 - $73,349
(Median)
$25K
$43K
$73K
MEDIAN: $42,985
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$13.30 - $31.47
(Median)
$13
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,143 - $73,349  
   
Bonus
$294.02 - $5,085  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $6,638  
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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$28,224 - $71,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 559
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.30 - $31.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.72  
Overtime
$19.35 - $44.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$294.02 - $5,085  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $6,638  
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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$28,224 - $71,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 5,653
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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. 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Carpenters.

Popular Skills for Carpenter


Carpenters report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, finish carpenter, Blueprints, and framer are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include framing, Carpentry, and Drywall. It is often found that people who know Cabinetry Installation are also skilled in Blueprints and FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. Carpenters see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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: $41,709

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

For Carpenters, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 41 percent greater than the national average. Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+34 percent), San Francisco (+27 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Seattle (+26 percent). Portland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 10 percent. Employers in Atlanta and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 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
$42,000



Skills That Affect Carpenter Salaries


finish carpenter
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Blueprints
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Cabinetry Installation
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Carpenter
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framer
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TRIM
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National Average
$42,000

Window or Door Installation
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Flooring Installation
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Siding Installation
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Adobe FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 4%

Drywall
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 707 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
28%

Common Health Benefits

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