Crew Leader Salary

Crew Leaders in the United States can expect to earn an average of $11.18 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and location are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Crew Leaders, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Male Crew Leaders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. While some workers in this profession — the larger part — do not have any health coverage, just over two-fifths do receive medical benefits and nearly one in three have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,647 - $75,549
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MEDIAN: $38,000
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$7.68 - $20.96
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$21,647 - $75,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$1,028 - $2,017  
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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$16,318 - $52,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 122
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.68 - $20.96  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $2.56  
Overtime
$11.67 - $34.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,028 - $2,017  
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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$16,318 - $52,264  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 984
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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.

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Crew Leader Tasks

  • Assign tasks to workers and communicate with suppliers and customers.
  • Oversee loading, unloading, assembly, caretaking, and construction for safety and speed.
  • Supervise crews and sometimes subcontractors on projects, and ensure adherence to schedule.
  • Oversee cost effectiveness and proper disposal of materials.

Common Career Paths for Crew Leader


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Crew Leaders who advance into the role of a Construction Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. A more common career path for Crew Leaders is stepping into the role of Restaurant General Manager or Assistant Fast Food Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Crew Leader


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Crew Leaders include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, The Brickman Group, Ltd., Dunkin' Donuts, and Wendy's International, Inc. For Crew Leaders, comfortable salaries can be found at The Brickman Group, Ltd.; in fact, average earnings are around $31K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($24K versus $68K) is great. Other leaders in compensation levels are Sonic Drive - In at $19K, Hardee's at $18K, and Dunkin' Donuts, where Crew Leaders annually earn $18K.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at McDonald's Corporation, where the median salary is a mere $16K, about half the top paying employer's rate. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Burger King Corporation ($16K), McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. ($17K), and Wendy's International, Inc. ($17K).

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Survey results imply that Crew Leaders put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Project Management and heavy equipment operator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 18 percent, respectively. Those listing Cash Handling as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Food Preparation and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Crew Leader

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


Crew Leaders with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $30K. Crew Leaders claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $51K.

Crew Leader Reviews

What is it like working as a Crew Leader?

Crew Leader in Exmore:
"Restaurant Crew/Shift Leader."
Pros: The many great people I have had the opportunity of meeting and supervising.
Cons: The pay, angry customers.

Crew Leader in Hampton:
"Utilize The Skills Of Low Level Landscapers."
Pros: Flexible hours, outdoors, keep fit, trust, challenge.
Cons: Overworked and underpaid, poor workers, demanding schedule.

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Experience Affects Crew Leader Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Crew Leader Salaries


heavy equipment operator
up arrow 18%

Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$26,000


Food Preparation
up arrow 35%

Cash Handling
up arrow 39%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 57%
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