Crew Leader Salary

Average Crew Leaders in the United States make around $11.17 per hour. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. Most Crew Leaders survey respondents are men (73 percent). Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, the greater part are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by just over two-fifths and dental insurance is reported by roughly a third. Most Crew Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$21,489 - $75,943
(Median)
$21K
$38K
$76K
MEDIAN: $37,608
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$7.67 - $21.01
(Median)
$7
$11
$21
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
$21,489 - $75,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
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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$16,310 - $52,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 120
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.67 - $21.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $2.56  
Overtime
$11.72 - $34.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,750  
   
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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$16,310 - $52,501  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 979
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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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While Crew Leaders do not often become Construction Project Managers, the job pays $70K per year on average. However, Crew Leaders typically graduate to Restaurant General Managers or Assistant Fast Food Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Crew Leader


McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, The Brickman Group, Ltd., Dunkin' Donuts, and Wendy's International, Inc. are all popular places to work. Although The Brickman Group, Ltd. boasts the highest average salary in town at $31K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $24K or as much as $68K. Also paying near the top of the field are Sonic Drive - In at $19K, Hardee's at $18K, and Dunkin' Donuts, where Crew Leaders annually earn $18K.

McDonald's Corporation offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $16K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $15K to $19K. Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Wendy's International, Inc. are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries, each pays $17K.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Project Management and heavy equipment operator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 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. Most people 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Crew Leaders. The average beginner in this position makes around $21K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $30K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $50K.

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 1%

National Average
$26,000


Food Preparation
up arrow 35%

Cash Handling
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 231 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
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 56%
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