Finish Carpenter Salary (United States)

Finish Carpenters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $20.17 per hour. Around one third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and 14 percent collect dental insurance. Most Finish Carpenters like their work and job satisfaction is high. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Finish Carpenter Salary (?
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$26,312 - $65,217
(Median)
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51K
65K
MEDIAN: $39,712
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Finish Carpenter Salary (?
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$14.07 - $35.39
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,312 - $65,217  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,999  
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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$29,832 - $74,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $35.39  
   
Overtime
$15.12 - $41.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,999  
   
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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$29,832 - $74,143  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 629
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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' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager may get paid an extra $27K per year.

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Finish Carpenters who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Skills that pay less than market rate include Flooring Installation and Window or Door Installation. Many workers who know Cabinetry Installation also know Window or Door Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Finish Carpenter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Finish Carpenters, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $35K climbs to $39,681. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $44K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Finish Carpenters and pay is expected at $53K. Those with one to 10 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Finish Carpenters report having spent more than 20 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

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Experience Affects Finish Carpenter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%
Experienced
up arrow 3%
National Average
$42,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 7%
Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Finish Carpenter Salaries

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 1%
National Average
$42,000
Window or Door Installation
up arrow 3%
Flooring Installation
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
7%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 69%