Finish Carpenter Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Finish Carpenters earn an average of $20.40 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Medical benefits are awarded to just under a third, and around a seventh earn dental coverage. For the most part, Finish Carpenters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,127 - $64,798
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$65K
MEDIAN: $40,771
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$14.08 - $35.98
(Median)
$14
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,127 - $64,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,551  
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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$29,914 - $75,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.08 - $35.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.67 - $3.10  
Overtime
$16.10 - $45.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,551  
   
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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$29,914 - $75,666  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 744
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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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At the upper end, Finish Carpenters 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.

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Popular Skills for Finish Carpenter


Job skills reported by Finish Carpenters are limited. 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 who know 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.


Finish Carpenters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $40K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $35K. Finish Carpenters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $45K. Finish Carpenters who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $52K.

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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 104 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
40%

Common Health Benefits

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