Carpenter Helper Salary
Men make up the majority of Carpenter Helpers in the United States, bringing in about $13.02 per hour. Work is enjoyable for Carpenter Helpers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in four, and just under one in five earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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|$20,311 - $41,787|
|Hourly Rate||$9.79 - $17.96|
|Overtime||$14.56 - $27.07|
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Job Description for Carpenter Helper
Carpenter helpers assist higher-level carpenters, such as journeymen, in crafting and finishing woodwork, and some items which they may help create include tables, frames, boxes, shelves, and building materials. These helpers may also contribute certain parts to pieces or may be assigned to create whole pieces to be sold.Read More...
Carpenter helpers generally receive assignments from master carpenters, but it is important that they work well independently and meet all time-constraints. Duties may change often, as projects from different clients can vary greatly. The ability to operate hand and power tools, such as saws and drills, is important for this position, and some mathematical skills are needed to take proper measurements. The job is often physically-demanding, as there are repetitive motions and heavy lifting, so some physical requirements may be necessary. Many positions may require some prior experience in carpentry along with a portfolio, while others offer entry-level positions with on-the-job training. In some positions, carpenter helpers are given complete designs to follow, while other positions may allow them to use some creativity.
Some jobs may require creating intricate details through carving, so attention to detail is important to ensure that products are neat and attractive. The job may require working in an environment subject to loud noises and toxic chemicals. Some employers do not have minimum educational requirements, while others prefer applicants with a high school diploma and some carpentry school experience.
Carpenter Helper Tasks
- Clean work areas and machines to ensure the safety and working condition of the job site.
- Perform layout spacing, measuring, and cutting according to specifications.
- Select appropriate tools for each task and transport them to the work site.
- Fasten timber or lumber with glue, screws, pegs, or nails.
Common Career Paths for Carpenter Helper
As Carpenter Helpers transition into upper-level roles such as Lead Hand Carpenter, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Lead Hand Carpenters earn $46K on average per year. Carpenter Helpers most often move into positions as Carpenters or Carpenter Apprentices; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $4K higher, respectively.
Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter Helper
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Carpenter Helpers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $27K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $30K. Carpenter Helpers bring in $32K after working for 10 to 20 years. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $35K.
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