Lead Carpenter Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Lead Carpenters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $22.38 per hour nationwide. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $8K, overall incomes of Lead Carpenters spread between $34K and $73K depending on individual performance. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little less than one-fifth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Lead Carpenters is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,308 - $71,010
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,569
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$15.99 - $33.04
(Median)
$16
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,308 - $71,010  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,535  
Profit Sharing
$727 - $7,698  
Commission
$1,800  
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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$34,438 - $72,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 139
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.99 - $33.04  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.01  
Overtime
$20.78 - $44.18  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,535  
   
Commission
$1,800  
Profit Sharing
$727 - $7,698  
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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$34,438 - $72,648  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,017
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Job Description for Lead Carpenter

A lead carpenter is a skilled laborer with a focus on constructing wood-based products. Most lead carpenters work in an industrial or construction setting to build housing frames (rather than building rocking chairs and furniture); however, some upscale furniture products are still made by hand. The work life of a lead carpenter varies depending on the industry. Some carpenters have more structured work hours; for example, they may work during regular business hours with pay for any overtime work. Some carpenters are self-employed with work hours that are much more variable.

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Lead Carpenter Tasks

  • Inspect site for safety, changes and progress and communicate effectively to clients and team.
  • Manage team members and validate their work regularly.
  • Analyze construction blueprints and plans to create timeline, project layouts, and resource needs.
  • Prepare, build, repair, and remodel project elements as needed.

Common Career Paths for Lead Carpenter


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Many Lead Carpenters move into a Construction Project Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $70K per year. Lead Carpenters typically move into roles as Construction Foremans or Master Carpenters, and those positions pay $2K more and $4K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Lead Carpenters seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Carpenter, finish carpenter, and Carpentry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those listing Roofing Materials Installation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Leadership and Window or Door Installation also typically command lower compensation. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Carpenter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Lead Carpenters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $44K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $40K. For Lead Carpenters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Lead Carpenters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,284

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

For Lead Carpenters, busy Washington offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Lead Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+22 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Pittsburgh, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (11 percent less) and Atlanta (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Lead Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Lead Carpenter Salaries

Carpenter
up arrow 25%

finish carpenter
up arrow 6%

Carpentry
up arrow 5%

Finish Carpentry
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Job Scheduling
up arrow 1%

Cabinetry Installation
0%

National Average
$49,000

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

framing
up arrow 5%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 13%

Leadership
up arrow 19%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
43%
20 years or more
43%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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