Lead Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Lead Carpenters in the United States, bringing in about $22.38 per hour. Cash earnings for Lead Carpenters — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $8K from profit sharing — stretch from around $34K to approximately $73K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Approximately two in five enjoy medical while a little less than a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around a tenth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,308 - $71,010
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$71K
MEDIAN: $49,569
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50%
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$15.99 - $33.04
(Median)
$16
$22
$33
MEDIAN: $22.00
10%
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90%

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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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Lead Carpenters might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Construction Project Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $70K per year. Typical career progression for a Lead Carpenter involves becoming a Construction Foreman or a Master Carpenter, roles that pay $2K more and $4K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Lead Carpenters report using a deep pool of 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. For most people, competency in Blueprints indicates knowledge of Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Carpenter

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $44K on average. Lead Carpenters bring in $49K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,284

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

With a pay rate for Lead Carpenters that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Lead Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Chicago (+21 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Philadelphia (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Indianapolis and Atlanta (11 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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