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Entry-Level Carpenter Salary (United States)

The average wage for an Entry-Level Carpenter is $15.21 per hour. A skill in Roofing Materials Installation is associated with high pay for this job.
Entry-Level Carpenter Salary (?
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$19,459 - $61,277
(Median)
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61K
MEDIAN: $38,070
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Entry-Level Carpenter Salary (?
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$10.76 - $24.29
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,459 - $61,277  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,484  
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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$22,607 - $53,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $24.29  
   
Overtime
$13.23 - $33.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,484  
   
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).
)
$22,607 - $53,541  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 804
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Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
up arrow 58%
New York
up arrow 42%
San Diego
up arrow 28%
Seattle
up arrow 23%
Houston
up arrow 5%
National Average
$33,000
Austin
up arrow 5%
Minneapolis
up arrow 9%
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Carpenter Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Carpenter in Gary:
"Share Your Skills With New Carpenters."
Work hard and try to learn something every day and pass your skills to others.
Carpenter in Manchester:
"Being Good At Your Job Is Not Always Good For Advancement."
If you are too good at your job it's hard to be replaced so you can take on a different roll in the same company. They tend to rely on you in the position you're and not allowed you to move up. I would suggest that you become good but keep an eye on your future path so you do not get stuck where you are. Carpentry has been a great field to be in and would advise anyone that likes to work with their hands to do this job. It does have it's rewards.
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Carpenter Salaries

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 13%
Blueprints
up arrow 10%
Project Management
up arrow 5%
Flooring Installation
up arrow 3%
Cabinetry Installation
0%
Window or Door Installation
0%
National Average
$33,000
framing
up arrow 1%
FrameMaker
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 15% employee benefits None: 65%