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Lead Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Lead Carpenters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $21.37 per hour. In the world of Lead Carpenters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $8K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $32K and $72K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Over a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around a sixth collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$33,239 - $71,624
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72K
MEDIAN: $46,463
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$15.09 - $32.10
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$33,239 - $71,624  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,584  
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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$32,255 - $72,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 115
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $32.10  
   
Overtime
$18.81 - $43.32  
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 - $2,584  
   
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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$32,255 - $72,422  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 892
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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 don't often assume a higher-end position such as a Construction Project Manager. Employees in that role get paid an average $70K per year. Lead Carpenters typically move into roles as Construction Foremans or Carpenter Supervisors, and those positions pay $4K more and $3K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Lead Carpenters report a narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Project Management, Blueprints, and Team Leadership can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Blueprints are 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.


For many Lead Carpenters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $38K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more β€” $43K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $48K. Lead Carpenters who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $51K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Lead Carpenters, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Lead Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+22 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Baltimore (+10 percent), and Minneapolis (+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


Blueprints
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National Average
$47,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 38% dental benefits Dental: 17%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 61%