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Lead Carpenter Salary (United States)

Lead Carpenters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $21.27 per hour. Cash earnings for Lead Carpenters — which occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $32K to approximately $72K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and a little less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Lead Carpenter Salary (?
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$30,950 - $69,839
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MEDIAN: $47,006
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Lead Carpenter Salary (?
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$15.02 - $31.93
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$30,950 - $69,839  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,963  
Profit Sharing
$875 - $7,742  
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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$31,864 - $72,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.02 - $31.93  
   
Overtime
$19.15 - $42.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,963  
   
Profit Sharing
$875 - $7,742  
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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$31,864 - $72,151  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 935
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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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Lead Carpenters usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Construction Project Manager. The average pay for a Construction Project Manager is $70K annually. Lead Carpenters most often move into positions as Construction Foremans or Carpenter Supervisors; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter

Lead Carpenters who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Financial compensation rises with mastery of Project Management, Team Leadership, and Blueprints skills (by 7 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively). Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Carpenter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Lead Carpenters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $39K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. Lead Carpenters see a median salary of $48K after reaching one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $51K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience. Lead Carpenters with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and one to 10 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$47,000
Portland
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Pittsburgh
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For those looking to make money, Lead Carpenters in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Lead Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), Indianapolis (+16 percent), and Baltimore (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh.

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Experience Affects Lead Carpenter Salaries

National Average
$47,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Lead Carpenter Salaries

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National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
1%
female alumni
 
Male
99%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 18%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 62%