Men account for the majority of Finish Carpenters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $20.17 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Close to a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in eight collect dental insurance. The majority of Finish Carpenters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$27,873 - $61,935
$28K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $44,638
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50%
90%

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$13.74 - $35.13
$14
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$27,873 - $61,935  
   
Bonus
$120.00 - $9,826  
Profit Sharing
$2,450  
Total Pay (?
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$29,401 - $74,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.74 - $35.13  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$18.28 - $39.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$120.00 - $9,826  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,450  
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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$29,401 - $74,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 968

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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

  • 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.
  • Select lumber, materials and supplies.
  • Work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job.

Common Career Paths for Finish Carpenter


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For Finish Carpenters, progressing to a Construction Project Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Construction Project Manager can earn $70K annually.

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Popular Skills for Finish Carpenter


Finish Carpenters report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Finish Carpentry, Millwork Design, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 11 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Finish carpenter and TRIM as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Those familiar with Cabinetry Installation also tend to know Flooring Installation and Blueprints.

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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $41K. Finish Carpenters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $52K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,210

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

With a pay rate for Finish Carpenters that is 97 percent greater than the national average, Chicago offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Finish Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+89 percent), San Francisco (+71 percent), Boston (+63 percent), and New York (+56 percent). Nashville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (12 percent lower) and Orlando (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Finish Carpenter

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
35%
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Experience Affects Finish Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$43,000



Skills That Affect Finish Carpenter Salaries

Finish Carpentry
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Millwork Design
up arrow 11%

Cabinetry Installation
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National Average
$43,000

Flooring Installation
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Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 2%

TRIM
up arrow 8%

finish carpenter
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 109 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 75%
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