Average Crew Leaders in the United States make around $10.70 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the individual firm. Although the greater part lack health benefits of any kind, over a third do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately one in four get dental coverage, too. The majority of Crew Leaders claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,038 - $73,390
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$22K
$40K
$73K
MEDIAN: $39,648
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$7.84 - $20.08
(Median)
$7
$11
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MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,038 - $73,390  
   
Bonus
$19.73 - $5,058  
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
Commission
$2,000  
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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$16,654 - $52,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$7.84 - $20.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24 - $2.17  
Overtime
$12.17 - $36.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$19.73 - $5,058  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,300  
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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$16,654 - $52,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,326
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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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For Crew Leaders, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually. Becoming a Restaurant General Manager or an Assistant Fast Food Manager is often the next step for a Crew Leader.

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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. pays the most with a median salary of $31K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $23K to a high of $70K. Crew Leaders will also find cushy salaries at Papa John's Pizza (+$20K), International Dairy Queen, Inc. (+$20K), and Dunkin' Donuts (+$19K).

Workers at Wendy's International, Inc., Bojangles, Inc., and Taco Bell Corporation also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for each of these employers come to $17K.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Survey results imply that Crew Leaders deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Operations Management, Project Management, and heavy equipment operator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 57 percent, 37 percent, and 25 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. 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 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. On average, Crew Leaders make $37K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $47K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $24,982

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

Dallas is home to an above-average pay rate for Crew Leaders, 58 percent higher than the national average. Crew Leaders can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+35 percent), Columbus (+32 percent), Cincinnati (+31 percent), and Denver (+29 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Chicago. Employers pay around 9 percent less in Los Angeles and 7 percent less in Orlando, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Crew Leader Reviews

What is it like working as a Crew Leader?

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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Experience Affects Crew Leader Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Crew Leader Salaries

Operations Management
up arrow 57%


heavy equipment operator
up arrow 25%



People Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$25,000

Leadership
up arrow 3%


Maintenance
up arrow 17%

up arrow 18%

Training
up arrow 18%


Cashier
up arrow 25%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 27%

Cash Handling
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 26%
medical benefits
Vision: 23%
dental benefits
None: 63%
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