Crew Leader Salary
Median pay for Crew Leaders in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.82 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Male Crew Leaders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — the larger part lack coverage. On the flip side, more than a third have medical insurance and nearly one in four receive dental plans. Most Crew Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
|Salary||$21,337 - $71,319|
|Bonus||$20.61 - $5,006|
|Total Pay (||$16,738 - $52,052|
|Hourly Rate||$7.88 - $20.01|
|Hourly Tips||$0.17 - $2.24|
|Overtime||$12.33 - $36.38|
|Bonus||$20.61 - $5,006|
|Total Pay (||$16,738 - $52,052|
Job Description for Crew Leader
A crew leader supervises a section or crew for his or her organization. They are the first line of management for crew members, and they are responsible for handling disciplinary manners (which may include escalating issues to higher-level management). The crew leader is often the most technically experienced member of the crew. By putting the crew leader in charge of training and oversight, lower-level workers can complete tasks that would otherwise be assigned to higher skilled members of the organization; those higher skilled members can subsequently focus on more complex tasks that ordinary workers may not be qualified to complete.Read More...
As head of their crew, crew leaders are responsible for ensuring that team members have the technical skills and training necessary to complete their assignments. This also helps to create a more skilled workforce that may gradually be assigned more complex tasks. Additionally, crew leaders ensure that each individual's work is completed correctly and in a timely manner. They are also responsible for completing any tasks that are beyond the skill of their individuals.
Generally, employers look for crew leaders that have experience in the organization's (or crew's) field; previous leadership experience is preferred.
The crew leader should be energetic, a hard worker, and an effective communicator, which helps ensure that all individuals know their assign tasks and all concerns and requests are answered. The crew leader should also posses the necessary leadership skills to motivate the crew, as well as maintain a high level of discipline and respect.
Crew Leader Tasks
- Supervise crews and sometimes subcontractors on projects, and ensure adherence to schedule.
- Oversee cost effectiveness and proper disposal of materials.
- Assign tasks to workers and communicate with suppliers and customers.
- Oversee loading, unloading, assembly, caretaking, and construction for safety and speed.
Common Career Paths for Crew Leader
As Crew Leaders transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. A Crew Leader may also move into a role as a Restaurant General Manager or an Assistant Fast Food Manager.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Crew Leader
McDonald's Corporation, Wendy's International, Inc., Dunkin' Donuts, Hardee's, and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. are among the top companies that take on many Crew Leaders. The biggest paychecks can be found at The Brickman Group, Ltd. — the median salary there is $33K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $23K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $70K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider International Dairy Queen, Inc., Papa John's Pizza, and Dunkin' Donuts, top-paying firms where Crew Leaders rake in a $20K, $20K, or $19K, respectively.
Also approaching the lower end are Sonic Drive - In, Wendy's International, Inc., and Bojangles, Inc., each paying $17K.
Popular Skills for Crew Leader
Crew Leaders report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Team Management, Operations Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 71 percent, 55 percent, and 31 percent, respectively. Those listing Cash Handling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Oral / Verbal Communication and Cashier also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Crew Leader
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Crew Leaders, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Crew Leaders make a median salary of $37K. Crew Leaders who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $46K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 57 percent, Crew Leaders in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Crew Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+40 percent), Austin (+35 percent), Denver (+27 percent), and Phoenix (+24 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Orlando and 1 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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