Carpenter Foreman Salary
Carpenter Foremans in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $24.88 per hour. Residence 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. While a little over a half report receiving no health benefits, over one-half do receive medical coverage, and just under one in three have dental, as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
The carpenter foreman will typically consult regularly and daily with the construction foreman to help establish each task to be performed. The foreman also helps to ensure the proper materials are on hand for each job. For instance, certain woods may be called for when building flooring or interior cabinetry. The foreman ensures that these woods are on hand and of good quality. The foreman then shares and instructs the carpentry crew with design schematics and drawings and makes these guiding materials available. Typically the foreman will then split his or her time between working hands-on and supervising these daily projects.
A carpenter foreman is a manager, and thus must usually possess a strong background within the profession as a journeyman carpenter. Most carpentry or contracting companies will prefer individuals who have some post-secondary education for this position, either at a technical or vocational school. Carpenter foremen typically work at construction sites in the field, although some office work may also be required from time to time. They typically work regular business hours, although some projects may require overnights or shift work as well.
Carpenter Foreman Tasks
- 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.
- Assesses equipment, materials and labor needed to complete large and/or complex maintenance task to ensure work meets industry standards and reduces waste.
- 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
Common Career Paths for Carpenter Foreman
Though it's uncommon, some Carpenter Foremans move into roles as Commercial Construction Superintendents, where pay is an average $70K per year. As Carpenter Foremans progress in their field, many go on to become Carpenters. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $41K. Another common career choice for Carpenter Foremans is to move into a Construction Superintendent role — this promotion usually pays $69K.
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Popular Skills for Carpenter Foreman
Carpenter Foremans seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, facility with Layout, Safety Compliance, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 24 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Carpentry, Roofing Materials Installation, and People Management. Most people experienced in Blueprints also know Cabinetry Installation and Carpenter.
Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter Foreman
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Carpenter Foremans, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. Carpenter Foremans with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $57K.