Crew Leader Salary

Average Crew Leaders in the United States make around $11.00 per hour. While the specific employer and geographic location impact pay for this group, experience level is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Crew Leaders is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and a majority lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by over a third and dental coverage is claimed by about one in four. Most Crew Leaders survey respondents are men (71 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,670 - $72,408
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$72K
MEDIAN: $39,763
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$7.96 - $20.17
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,670 - $72,408  
   
Bonus
$20.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
Commission
$2,844  
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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$16,937 - $52,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 151
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $20.17  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.16 - $2.32  
Overtime
$12.50 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$20.00 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$2,844  
Profit Sharing
$1,100  
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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$16,937 - $52,360  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,518

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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

  • 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


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Crew Leaders who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year. It is not unusual for a Crew Leader to become 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 all popular places to work. Those at The Brickman Group, Ltd. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $30K. Other big spenders include Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Corporation, Papa John's Pizza, and International Dairy Queen, Inc., top-paying firms where Crew Leaders see paychecks nearing $20K, $20K, or $20K.

Pay for Crew Leaders is the lowest at Wendy's International, Inc., which has a median salary of $17K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $20K. Sonic Drive - In, Bojangles, Inc., and Taco Bell Corporation also rank near the bottom for pay, each handing out $17K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Crew Leaders seem to wield many 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 69 percent, 34 percent, and 30 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. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Crew Leader

Pay by Experience for a Crew Leader has a positive trend. An entry-level Crew Leader with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $21,000 based on 984 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Crew Leader with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 390 salaries. An experienced Crew Leader which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 288 salaries. A Crew Leader with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 95 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,405

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Crew Leaders, Austin offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. Crew Leaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+25 percent), Denver (+24 percent), Houston (+22 percent), and Phoenix (+22 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Orlando and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 3 percent less, respectively).

Crew Leader Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Crew Leader?

Crew Leader in Phoenix:
"Besides the heat in the summer time I'd say it's pretty good."
Pros: Seems to be a steady flow of work and usually good weather does not interfere with her work schedule.
Cons: The summertime heat is ridiculous to do physical labor outside during the summer.

Crew Leader in Hot Springs:
"Summary."
Pros: I loved pleasing my customers knowing that I made them happy was the best part of my job. I loved my team and expressed creativity in exploring new ways to sell new products.
Cons: Insufficient management.

Crew Leader in Los Angeles:
"Head ache."
Pros: Learning about managing labor and money deposits as well as dealing with a guest appropriately.
Cons: Manager is hardly there and changes time card to seem he worked more.

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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Key Stats for Crew Leader

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 261 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Crew Leader Salaries

▲84%

▲47%

▲19%

National Average
$25,000

▼17%

Skills That Affect Crew Leader Salaries

Team Management
▲69%

Operations Management
▲34%




▲4%


National Average
$25,000

▼16%


Maintenance
▼18%

Training
▼19%


Cashier
▼26%

Oral / Verbal Communication
▼27%

Cash Handling
▼37%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 261 votes.

Gender

Female
29 %
Male
71 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 36%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
vision benefits
Vision: 22%
no benefits
None: 63%
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