Men make up the majority of Master Carpenters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $26.07 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Master Carpenters. Slightly less than a third enjoy medical while close to one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a seventh. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,345 - $85,379
$32K
$52K
$85K
MEDIAN: $52,000
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90%

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$17.12 - $46.43
$17
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$46
MEDIAN: $26.07
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$32,345 - $85,379  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$35,485 - $97,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.12 - $46.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.67  
Overtime
$24.75 - $52.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,077  
   
Profit Sharing
$650  
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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$35,485 - $97,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 471

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Job Description for Master Carpenter

Master carpenters provide a variety of skilled carpentry services for their employer(s). They are involved in all aspects of woodworking, including initial construction, finished construction, and repair work. These carpenters use their wood-working expertise in a variety of construction and remodeling tasks, as well as build frames for houses and roofs. Master carpenters also construct other wooden buildings (such as cabins or sheds) and provide framing for the installation of drywall, kitchen cabinets, shelves, doors, and bathrooms within homes. They install stairs, including crafting rails, posts, and all associated accessories. In addition to installation, master carpenters handle maintenance of existing wooden structures and provide repairs and replacements for damaged or failing carpentry.

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Master Carpenter Tasks

  • Leads complex carpentry work on buildings, framings, furniture, cabinetry and other wooden items, often supervising work of several subordinates.
  • Operates tools: planer, shaper, jointer, lathe, drill press, mortising, boring, tenoning machines, jig saws, rip saws and cut-off saws.
  • Trains an apprentice or other subordinates.
  • Repairs furniture and other wooden items; sands and refinishes.
  • Estimates cost and efficiency of job related tasks.

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Pay by Experience Level for Master Carpenter

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


Master Carpenters who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $40K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $48K. Master Carpenters claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Master Carpenters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $61K.

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Key Stats for Master Carpenter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
068
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
69%
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Experience Affects Master Carpenter Salaries


National Average
$57,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Skills That Affect Master Carpenter Salaries

Finish Carpentry
up arrow 39%

Flooring Installation
up arrow 24%

TRIM
up arrow 19%

Kitchen/Bath
up arrow 19%

Master carpenter
up arrow 4%


National Average
$57,000

Siding Installation
up arrow 1%


Plumbing
up arrow 4%

Trim Carpenter
up arrow 6%

Project Management
up arrow 7%

framing
up arrow 9%

Blueprints
up arrow 12%

finish carpenter
up arrow 14%

Roofing Materials Installation
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
69%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 30%
dental benefits
Dental: 17%
vision benefits
Vision: 14%
dental benefits
None: 69%
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