Crew Leader Salary
Average Crew Leaders in the United States make around $10.81 per hour. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though the company and geography have a (lesser) impact 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. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Crew Leaders. Some workers in this field — more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than a third and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly one in four. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
|Salary||$21,437 - $71,754|
|Bonus||$14.43 - $4,973|
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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).)
|$16,798 - $51,586|
|Hourly Rate||$7.91 - $19.92|
|Hourly Tips||$0.16 - $2.19|
|Overtime||$12.35 - $36.33|
|Bonus||$14.43 - $4,973|
|Total Pay (||$16,798 - $51,586|
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
Crew Leaders who go on to become Construction Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K annually. Becoming a Restaurant General Manager or an Assistant Fast Food Manager is often the next step for a Crew Leader.
Popular Employer Salaries for Crew Leader
Dominating the field, McDonald's Corporation, Wendy's International, Inc., Dunkin' Donuts, Hardee's, and McDonald's Restaurants Ltd. are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Crew Leaders. The Brickman Group, Ltd. attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $30K. Crew Leaders can also look forward to large paychecks at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation ($20K), Papa John's Pizza ($20K), and International Dairy Queen, Inc. ($20K).
With a median salary of only $17K (79 percent lower than the top payer), Wendy's International, Inc. lags significantly in the earnings department. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Sonic Drive - In, Bojangles, Inc., and Taco Bell Corporation. Those companies pay a median salary of $17K.
Popular Skills for Crew Leader
Crew Leaders report using a deep pool 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 72 percent, 36 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. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of People Management.
Pay by Experience Level for Crew Leader
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Crew Leaders who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $21K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $30K. Crew Leaders who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $37K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $47K.
Pay Difference by Location
Crew Leaders will find that Austin offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 37 percent. Crew Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+27 percent), Denver (+26 percent), Houston (+24 percent), and Phoenix (+23 percent). The lowest-paying market is Chicago, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Orlando (6 percent lower) and San Antonio (2 percent lower).
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