Master Carpenters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $25.87 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Master Carpenters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third enjoy medical while close to one-sixth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one in eight. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,665 - $93,017
(Median)
$32K
$52K
$93K
MEDIAN: $51,748
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90%

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$17.26 - $45.95
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$17
$26
$46
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,665 - $93,017  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
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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$35,746 - $97,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$17.26 - $45.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.90  
Overtime
$24.22 - $53.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,091  
   
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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$35,746 - $97,092  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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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

  • Repairs furniture and other wooden items; sands and refinishes.
  • Estimates cost and efficiency of job related tasks.
  • Trains an apprentice or other subordinates.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Master Carpenter

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $38K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $48K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $60K.

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Experience Affects Master Carpenter Salaries


National Average
$55,000


Mid-Career
up arrow 13%

Entry-Level
up arrow 31%

Skills That Affect Master Carpenter Salaries

Flooring Installation
up arrow 31%

Kitchen/Bath
up arrow 23%

Finish Carpentry
up arrow 13%

TRIM
up arrow 12%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 3%

National Average
$55,000

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 1%

Plumbing
up arrow 2%

Project Management
up arrow 4%

Trim Carpenter
up arrow 4%

Master carpenter
up arrow 6%

framing
up arrow 8%

Blueprints
up arrow 10%

finish carpenter
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
70%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 28%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 71%
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