Crew Leader Salary

Median pay for Crew Leaders in the United States is around $11.12 per hour. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and geography are driving 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. Most workers in this position report 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 roughly one in three. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$21,791 - $75,818

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$7.68 - $20.85

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$21,791 - $75,818  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
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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$16,333 - $52,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$7.68 - $20.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23 - $2.53  
Overtime
$11.69 - $34.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
   
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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$16,333 - $52,189  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,007
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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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At the upper end, Crew Leaders who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year. It is not unusual for a Crew Leader to become a Restaurant General Manager or an Assistant Fast Food Manager.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Crew Leader


Dominating the field, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., McDonald's Corporation, The Brickman Group, Ltd., Dunkin' Donuts, and Hardee's are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Crew Leaders. Crew Leaders flock to The Brickman Group, Ltd. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $31K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Brickman Group, Ltd. also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $25K at one end to $58K at the other end. Crew Leaders can also look forward to large paychecks at Sonic Drive - In ($19K), Hardee's ($18K), and Dunkin' Donuts ($18K).

McDonald's Corporation employees cannot expect much in terms of compensation — the median salary amounts to only $16K, about half the top paying employer's rate. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Burger King Corporation, McDonald's Restaurants Ltd., and Wendy's International, Inc., all paying $17K.

Popular Skills for Crew Leader


Crew Leaders seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Project Management and heavy equipment operator are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 22 percent and 19 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 experienced in 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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 $30K. Crew Leaders with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $51K on average.

Crew Leader Reviews

What is it like working as a Crew Leader?

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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Experience Affects Crew Leader Salaries




National Average
$26,000


Skills That Affect Crew Leader Salaries


heavy equipment operator
up arrow 19%

Team Leadership
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 3%

National Average
$26,000


Food Preparation
up arrow 35%

Cash Handling
up arrow 38%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 229 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
19%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 42% dental benefits Dental: 33%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 57%
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