Lead Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Lead Carpenters in the United States, bringing in about $22.20 per hour. Total cash compensation to Lead Carpenters bottoms out near $34K and approaches $72K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. More than a third enjoy medical while close to one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in ten. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,276 - $70,914

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$15.63 - $32.57

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,276 - $70,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,089  
Profit Sharing
$773 - $7,787  
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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$33,905 - $72,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.63 - $32.57  
   
Overtime
$19.72 - $44.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,089  
   
Profit Sharing
$773 - $7,787  
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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$33,905 - $72,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 925
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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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While rarely seen, Lead Carpenters sometimes transition into upper level Construction Project Managers positions, where the average income is $70K per year. Lead Carpenters most often move into positions as Construction Foremans or Master Carpenters; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Lead Carpenters seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Carpentry, Project Management, Finish Carpentry, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Window or Door Installation. Most people who know Blueprints also 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. Lead Carpenters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $49K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $51K.

Pay Difference by Location


Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Lead Carpenters, 22 percent above the national average. Lead Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+22 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Workers in Albany and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (15 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Lead Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Lead Carpenter Salaries

Carpentry
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Finish Carpentry
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 1%

Team Leadership
0%

National Average
$49,000

framing
up arrow 1%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 140 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
44%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 37% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 62%
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