Male Finish Carpenters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $20.09 per hour in the United States. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Slightly less than a fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in ten collect dental insurance. Most Finish Carpenters report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$25,063 - $62,017
$25K
$45K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,476
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50%
90%

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$13.75 - $35.11
$14
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$35
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$25,063 - $62,017  
   
Bonus
$103.04 - $9,635  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$29,536 - $74,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 89
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.75 - $35.11  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $3.46  
Overtime
$18.24 - $39.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$103.04 - $9,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$29,536 - $74,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 978

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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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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


Finish Carpenters report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Finish Carpentry, Millwork Design, Cabinetry Installation, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 20 percent. Those listing Drywall as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. finish carpenter and TRIM also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know Cabinetry Installation also 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $34K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Finish Carpenters with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $47K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,376

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

For those looking to make money, Finish Carpenters in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 96 percent above the national average. Finish Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+71 percent), Boston (+65 percent), San Diego (+29 percent), and New York (+17 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Los Angeles (13 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Finish Carpenter

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
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
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Blueprints
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National Average
$43,000



TRIM
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finish carpenter
up arrow 18%

Drywall
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 113 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 11%
vision benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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