Crew Leader Salary

Earnings for Crew Leaders in the United States come in at around $11.53 per hour on average. Career duration is the main element affecting pay for this group — the company and location are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. 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 over one-half report receiving no health benefits, slightly more than half do receive medical coverage, and nearly one in three have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,294 - $75,549
(Median)
$22K
$37K
$76K
MEDIAN: $37,374
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$7.68 - $21.12
(Median)
$7
$12
$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
$22,294 - $75,549  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $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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$16,338 - $52,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.68 - $21.12  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $2.52  
Overtime
$11.35 - $34.22  
National Annualized 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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200 - $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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$16,338 - $52,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 853

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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. More often than not, a Restaurant General Manager role is the next step for Crew Leaders moving up in the field. Restaurant General Managers usually make $46K per year. Many other Crew Leaders choose to take on an Assistant Fast Food Manager role, where salaries are typically $26K.

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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 top-notch employers for Crew Leaders in this area. Although The Brickman Group, Ltd. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $32K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $27K on the low end all the way up to $69K at the top. Soaring salaries can also be found at Sonic Drive - In, Hardee's, and Dunkin' Donuts, where earnings of $19K, $18K, or $17K are standard for Crew Leaders.

Considering that the median salary at McDonald's Corporation is a shallow $16K, it is not surprising that this employer ranks last in compensation relative to (and far behind) other companies in the same line of work — their median pay is just about half of the top paying company's median. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., and Dunkin' Donuts. They all pay $17K.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Survey results show that Crew Leaders use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management, heavy equipment operator, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent, 15 percent, and 3 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 familiar with 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.


Crew Leaders generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $31K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $37K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $49K.

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
$27,000


Skills That Affect Crew Leader Salaries


heavy equipment operator
up arrow 15%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Team Leadership
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National Average
$27,000


Food Preparation
up arrow 36%

Cash Handling
up arrow 36%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 55%