Carpenter Foreman Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Carpenter Foremans earn an average of $24.28 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Carpenter Foremans, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — a little over a half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a little less than half and dental plans are enjoyed by slightly less than a third. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,290 - $93,258
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$93K
MEDIAN: $56,791
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$16.24 - $39.10
(Median)
$16
$24
$39
MEDIAN: $24.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$39,290 - $93,258  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,931  
Profit Sharing
$2,543  
Commission
$1,000  
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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$35,995 - $88,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$16.24 - $39.10  
   
Overtime
$22.01 - $56.35  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,931  
   
Commission
$1,000  
Profit Sharing
$2,543  
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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$35,995 - $88,800  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 561
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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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For Carpenter Foremans, progressing to a Commercial Construction Superintendent role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Commercial Construction Superintendent can earn $69K annually. The most common career progression for Carpenter Foremans leads to becoming a Carpenter, where pay is typically $41K. However, many Carpenter Foremans also opt to become Construction Superintendents, a position that pays $68K on average.

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Survey results suggest that Carpenter Foremans put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Layout, People Management, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 51 percent, 6 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Roofing Materials Installation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Cabinetry Installation and Carpentry 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Carpenter Foremans make a median salary of $54K. Carpenter Foremans who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $56K on average.

Carpenter Foreman Advice

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

Carpenter Foreman in waltham:
"There's always a solution."
There is always a solution, sometimes you have to slow down and find out what it is.

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



National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Skills That Affect Carpenter Foreman Salaries

Layout
up arrow 51%

People Management
up arrow 6%

Blueprints
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$53,000


framing
up arrow 7%

Carpentry
up arrow 14%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 21%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
9%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
47%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 47%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
medical benefits
Vision: 24%
dental benefits
None: 52%
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