Median pay for Crew Leaders in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $10.82 per hour. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by experience level, but the particular city and the specific company are influential factors as well. Male Crew Leaders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — the larger part lack coverage. On the flip side, more than a third have medical insurance and nearly one in four receive dental plans. Most Crew Leaders report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$21,337 - $71,319
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$71K
MEDIAN: $39,776
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$7.88 - $20.01
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MEDIAN: $10.82
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,337 - $71,319  
   
Bonus
$20.61 - $5,006  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$16,738 - $52,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$7.88 - $20.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.17 - $2.24  
Overtime
$12.33 - $36.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$20.61 - $5,006  
   
Commission
$2,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$16,738 - $52,052  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,391

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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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As Crew Leaders transition into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Construction Project Managers earn $70K on average per year. A Crew Leader may also move into a role as 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 among the top companies that take on many Crew Leaders. The biggest paychecks can be found at The Brickman Group, Ltd. — the median salary there is $33K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $23K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $70K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider International Dairy Queen, Inc., Papa John's Pizza, and Dunkin' Donuts, top-paying firms where Crew Leaders rake in a $20K, $20K, or $19K, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Sonic Drive - In, Wendy's International, Inc., and Bojangles, Inc., each paying $17K.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Crew Leaders report using a large range of 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 71 percent, 55 percent, and 31 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. The majority of those 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.


For many Crew Leaders, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $21K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Crew Leaders make a median salary of $37K. Crew Leaders who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $46K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $25,227

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

Surpassing the national average by 57 percent, Crew Leaders in Dallas receive some of the highest pay in the country. Crew Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Cincinnati (+40 percent), Austin (+35 percent), Denver (+27 percent), and Phoenix (+24 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 16 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Orlando and 1 percent less in Los Angeles, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Crew Leader Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Crew Leader

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.
051
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Crew Leader Salaries




National Average
$25,000


Skills That Affect Crew Leader Salaries

Team Management
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Operations Management
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National Average
$25,000


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Training
up arrow 18%

Maintenance
up arrow 18%


Cashier
up arrow 26%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 28%

Cash Handling
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
30 %
Male
70 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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