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Carpenter Foreman Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Carpenter Foremans earn an average of $23.27 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Close to one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, one-half report medical coverage and approximately one in three claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Carpenter Foremans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$35,000 - $85,000
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MEDIAN: $53,385
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$15.26 - $37.72
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$35,000 - $85,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
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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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$32,838 - $84,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$15.26 - $37.72  
   
Overtime
$23.28 - $57.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,025  
   
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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$32,838 - $84,859  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 232
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Job Description for Carpenter Foreman

  • 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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Carpenter Foremans do not often transition into Commercial Construction Superintendent roles. The role averages $69K per year. Given that the typical pay is $41K, it may be surprising to find that a Carpenter is the most common role for Carpenter Foremans to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Construction Superintendent role — which pays $67K — is also typical for Carpenter Foremans, though less common by comparison.

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Carpenter Foremans who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Project Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Those listing Cabinetry Installation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Window or Door Installation and Carpentry also typically command lower compensation.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter Foreman

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


For Carpenter Foremans, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $41K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $53K. Carpenter Foremans who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Carpenter Foreman Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
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National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Carpenter Foreman Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 31%

Blueprints
up arrow 3%

National Average
$52,000

Carpentry
up arrow 9%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 18%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 23% employee benefits None: 51%