Lead Carpenter Salary

Male Lead Carpenters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $22.03 per hour in the United States. In the world of Lead Carpenters, total cash compensation can vary between $34K and $72K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $2K and $8K, respectively. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to more than a third, and roughly a sixth earn dental coverage. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Lead Carpenters β€” the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,173 - $70,293
(Median)
$35K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,331
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50%
90%

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$15.59 - $32.33
(Median)
$16
$22
$32
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$35,173 - $70,293  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,078  
Profit Sharing
$773 - $8,027  
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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$33,768 - $72,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 126
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$15.59 - $32.33  
   
Overtime
$19.53 - $43.67  
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 - $2,078  
   
Profit Sharing
$773 - $8,027  
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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$33,768 - $72,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 917
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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. Lead Carpenters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Construction Foremans or Master Carpenters. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $4K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Lead Carpenter


Survey results suggest that Lead Carpenters use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Carpentry, Project Management, Cabinetry Installation, and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Window or Door Installation. Those educated in Blueprints tend to be well versed 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $39K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $43K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. 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


Home to some of the best pay for Lead Carpenters, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 33 percent above the national average. Lead Carpenters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+19 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+8 percent). Albany is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Orlando and Milwaukee (14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Lead Carpenter Salaries



National Average
$49,000



Skills That Affect Lead Carpenter Salaries

Carpentry
up arrow 7%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 2%

Blueprints
up arrow 1%

Team Leadership
0%

National Average
$49,000

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 139 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

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