Finish Carpenter Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Finish Carpenters earn an average of $20.38 per hour. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Finish Carpenters. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and around one in seven earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,155 - $64,604
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,947
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$14.10 - $35.89
(Median)
$14
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,155 - $64,604  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,555  
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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$29,944 - $75,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.10 - $35.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67 - $3.10  
Overtime
$15.93 - $45.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,555  
   
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).
)
$29,944 - $75,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 735
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Job Description for Finish Carpenter

A finish carpenter works with wood to ensure the quality of completed pieces meets their company's and or clients' standards. They must maintain a clean job site, communicate effectively with the client to discern their needs and issues, and work well with other carpenter. Finish carpenters are also responsible for reviewing and interpreting blueprints, sketches, and work orders. They must then determine what materials and equipment are needed for the assignment; for all projects, finish carpenters need to ensure that jobs completed come in under or at budget and are completed on time.

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Finish Carpenter Tasks

  • Select lumber, materials and supplies.
  • Work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job.
  • Build closets, counters, shelves, cabinets, doors, bulletin boards, windows, wall panels and other related finish carpentry items.
  • Dismantle or demolish and remove designated items prior to the commencement of repairs.

Common Career Paths for Finish Carpenter


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Finish Carpenters who transition into a Construction Project Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for Finish Carpenter


Typical Finish Carpenters report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Cabinetry Installation, Flooring Installation, and Window or Door Installation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people experienced in Cabinetry Installation also know Flooring Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Finish Carpenter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $40K. Finish Carpenters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Finish Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Finish Carpenter Salaries

Cabinetry Installation
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Flooring Installation
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National Average
$43,000

Window or Door Installation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 69%
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