Finish Carpenter Salary

A sizeable majority of Finish Carpenters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $20.27 per hour. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Finish Carpenters claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in eight collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,899 - $62,591
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$63K
MEDIAN: $43,065
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$13.91 - $35.91
(Median)
$14
$20
$36
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,899 - $62,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
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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$29,651 - $75,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.91 - $35.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.83  
Overtime
$15.71 - $45.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
   
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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$29,651 - $75,673  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 908
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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.

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Finish Carpenters who go on to become Construction Project Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Construction Project Managers is $70K annually.

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Popular Skills for Finish Carpenter


Finish Carpenters generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Cabinetry Installation, Flooring Installation, Window or Door Installation, and TRIM are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like finish carpenter and TRIM. Those proficient in Cabinetry Installation are, more often than not, also skilled in Flooring 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $34K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Finish Carpenters bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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


Flooring Installation
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National Average
$43,000

Window or Door Installation
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TRIM
up arrow 6%

finish carpenter
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
medical benefits
Vision: 8%
dental benefits
None: 71%
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