Carpenter Foreman Salary

Carpenter Foremans in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $24.01 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Although slightly less than half have medical coverage and slightly less than a third have dental coverage, a little over a half claim no health benefits at all. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,380 - $94,103
(Median)
$38K
$56K
$94K
MEDIAN: $55,731
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$16.13 - $38.14
(Median)
$16
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$38,380 - $94,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,930  
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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$35,580 - $87,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.13 - $38.14  
   
Overtime
$22.77 - $55.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,930  
   
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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$35,580 - $87,053  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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Job Description for Carpenter Foreman

A carpenter foreman is a key supervisor and manager on any major construction project. He or she supervises and directs the carpenters who work with wood on such projects. These can typically involve tasks like laying hardwood floors, building wooden staircases, framing and hanging doors, and building cabinetry and closets. In building projects that require multiple carpenters to perform these jobs, the carpenter foreman serves as their immediate supervisor. In turn, the foreman usually reports to a construction foreman or project manager.

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Carpenter Foreman Tasks

  • Follow Industry standards and procedures and comply with federal, state, and local building codes.
  • Determine material requirements, conformance and dimensions of structure and check against blueprints
  • Assesses equipment, materials and labor needed to complete large and/or complex maintenance task to ensure work meets industry standards and reduces waste.
  • Maintain continuity among carpentry work teams by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities and continuing needs.
  • Understand safety regulations and provide guidance on policies and procedures.

Common Career Paths for Carpenter Foreman


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Though it's uncommon, some Carpenter Foremans move into roles as Commercial Construction Superintendents, where pay is an average $69K per year. Going from Carpenter Foreman to Carpenter is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Carpenters is $41K. Many others choose to work as Construction Superintendents, where pay is typically $68K.

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Carpenter Foremans report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in People Management, Blueprints, Project Management, and Window or Door Installation are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Cabinetry Installation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Carpentry and Window or Door Installation also typically command lower compensation. Those with knowledge of Blueprints tend to be skilled in Project Management as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter Foreman

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Carpenter Foremans — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $41K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. For Carpenter Foremans, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

Carpenter Foreman Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Carpenter Foreman in El Cajon:
"How to take orders from some one."
Learn all you can, try to make your job easy and learn a fast way to get it. Done, learn a job that fits your style of work < you work for $10.00 hr. What can make you go faster and make more money, say $15.00 hr. > Try to cut and stack your own roof, it pays $300.00-- do you do it in two. Days, OK ! A carpenter makes that in two days; can you do it faster than. That? LEARN ALL YOU CAN; AND MAKE MONEY !

Carpenter Foreman in Maine:
"If You Know You Can Do It. Then Speak Up."
To watch the workers and don't believe what someone says. About another worker.

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Experience Affects Carpenter Foreman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 4%


National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Skills That Affect Carpenter Foreman Salaries

People Management
up arrow 14%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 10%

Carpentry
up arrow 13%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
0 %
Male
100 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
48%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 30%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 53%
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