Men account for the majority of Lead Carpenters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $22.61 per hour. In the world of Lead Carpenters, overall income ranges from $36K near the bottom to $72K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly two in five enjoy medical while nearly one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-eighth. The majority of Lead Carpenters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,089 - $74,238
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$74K
MEDIAN: $50,395
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$16.54 - $33.18
(Median)
$17
$23
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$38,089 - $74,238  
   
Bonus
$347.65 - $5,163  
Profit Sharing
$881 - $6,128  
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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$36,087 - $72,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.54 - $33.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.89  
Overtime
$24.11 - $45.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$347.65 - $5,163  
   
Commission
$1,800  
Profit Sharing
$881 - $6,128  
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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$36,087 - $72,363  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 889
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $75K annually. Lead Carpenters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Construction Project Managers or Construction Foremans. The median paychecks in those roles are $20K higher and $1K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Lead Carpenters seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Carpenter, Carpentry, and Finish Carpentry are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 21 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Roofing Materials Installation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Kitchen/Bath and TRIM also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Blueprints also tend to know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $47K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Lead Carpenters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $51K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,901

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

Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Lead Carpenters, 45 percent above the national average. Lead Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+13 percent), Baltimore (+12 percent), Portland (+10 percent), and Philadelphia (+7 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 18 percent south of the national average, can be found in Orlando. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Cincinnati (17 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Lead Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$50,000



Skills That Affect Lead Carpenter Salaries

Carpenter
up arrow 26%

Carpentry
up arrow 21%

Finish Carpentry
up arrow 4%

finish carpenter
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Siding Installation
0%

National Average
$50,000

Leadership
up arrow 2%

framing
up arrow 3%


TRIM
up arrow 12%

Kitchen/Bath
up arrow 16%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
6%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
40%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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