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Lead Carpenter Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Lead Carpenters earn an average of $21.83 per hour. Total cash compensation to Lead Carpenters bottoms out near $33K and approaches $72K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $2K from bonuses and almost $8K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than a third enjoy medical while approximately one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a tenth. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$34,934 - $70,086
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,031
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50%
90%

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$15.30 - $32.19
(Median)
$15
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $21.00
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50%
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,934 - $70,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,452  
Profit Sharing
$1,125 - $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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$33,034 - $71,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.30 - $32.19  
   
Overtime
$19.31 - $43.30  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,125 - $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).
)
$33,034 - $71,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 893

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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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Though it's rare, some Lead Carpenters move into roles as Construction Project Managers. Construction Project Managers bring in $70K per year on average. Construction Foremans or Master Carpenters are common next-step roles for Lead Carpenters moving up in their careers; annual pay for Construction Foremans is $3K higher on average, and it's $4K higher for Master Carpenters.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Lead Carpenters typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Carpentry, Project Management, Blueprints, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Blueprints are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Lead Carpenter

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


Lead Carpenters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $39K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. On average, Lead Carpenters make $48K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $52K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Lead Carpenters will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 20 percent. Lead Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+20 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Baltimore (+9 percent), and Portland (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Albany. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Pittsburgh and Milwaukee (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Lead Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$48,000


Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Lead Carpenter Salaries

Carpentry
up arrow 8%


Blueprints
up arrow 2%

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

National Average
$48,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
46%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 16%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 63%