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Crew Leader Salary

Crew Leaders in the United States take home an average $11.38 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Crew Leaders who answered the questionnnaire. The majority of Crew Leaders claim high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — more than half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just over two-fifths and dental plans are enjoyed by approximately one-third. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,791 - $75,213
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$22K
$37K
$75K
MEDIAN: $36,582
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$7.71 - $21.24
(Median)
$7
$11
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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
$21,791 - $75,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,545  
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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$16,376 - $52,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.71 - $21.24  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $2.50  
Overtime
$11.54 - $34.53  
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 - $2,545  
   
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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$16,376 - $52,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 898

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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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Crew Leaders do not often transition into Construction Project Manager roles. The role averages $70K per year. Going from Crew Leader to Restaurant General Manager is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $46K. Many others choose to work as Assistant Fast Food Managers, where pay is 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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Crew Leaders. Crew Leaders flock to The Brickman Group, Ltd. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $32K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Brickman Group, Ltd. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $27K at one end to $69K at the other end. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Sonic Drive - In, Hardee's, and Dunkin' Donuts, where Crew Leaders typically earn around $19K, $18K, or $17K, respectively.

Crew Leaders will find the worst pay at McDonald's Corporation, where the median salary crawls in at $16K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $19K, leaving little room for growth. Also approaching the lower end are McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., and Dunkin' Donuts, each paying $17K.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Crew Leaders generally report applying a varied skill set 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 16 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. 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $21K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $31K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $50K on average.

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 16%

People Management
up arrow 3%

Team Leadership
up arrow 2%

National Average
$27,000


Food Preparation
up arrow 34%

Cash Handling
up arrow 35%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 228 votes.

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 44% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 55%
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