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Crew Leader Salary (United States)

Pay for Crew Leaders in the United States sits in the ballpark of $11.42 per hour. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the company and location. For the most part, Crew Leaders enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Crew Leaders are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and the greater part lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than two-fifths and dental coverage is claimed by about one in three. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Crew Leader Salary (?
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$22,496 - $77,128
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MEDIAN: $36,318
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Crew Leader Salary (?
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$7.65 - $20.78
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$22,496 - $77,128  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,462  
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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$16,262 - $51,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.65 - $20.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $2.13  
Overtime
$11.26 - $34.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,462  
   
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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$16,262 - $51,213  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 719
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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 who advance into the role of a Construction Project Manager are fairly uncommon. Construction Project Managers on average earn $70K per year. However, Crew Leaders typically graduate to Restaurant General Managers or Assistant Fast Food Managers.

Crew Leader Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Crew Leader

McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, The Brickman Group, Ltd., Wendy's International, Inc., and Dunkin' Donuts are top-notch employers for Crew Leaders in this area. For Crew Leaders, comfortable salaries can be found at The Brickman Group, Ltd.; in fact, median earnings sit around $31K, the highest in the area.
Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $15K to just $19K — but McDonald's Corporation offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $16K.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader

Survey results suggest that Crew Leaders put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, heavy equipment operator, People Management, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Food Preparation and Customer Service as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. 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 $31K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Crew Leaders make a median salary of $38K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $49K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$27,000
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For Crew Leaders, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Crew Leaders will also find cushy salaries in Columbus (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), San Antonio (+5 percent), and Colorado Springs (+3 percent). Crew Leaders in Dallas earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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

Late-Career
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National Average
$27,000

Skills That Affect Crew Leader Salaries

heavy equipment operator
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People Management
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National Average
$27,000
Team Leadership
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Food Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 198 votes.

Gender

Female
25%
female alumni
 
Male
75%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 43% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 56%