Master Carpenter Salary

Men account for the majority of Master Carpenters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $25.40 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. For the most part, Master Carpenters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to about a third, and just under one in five earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,590 - $91,169
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$91K
MEDIAN: $49,522
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$16.60 - $48.77
(Median)
$17
$25
$49
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,590 - $91,169  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
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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$33,963 - $101,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.60 - $48.77  
   
Overtime
$16.41 - $53.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,048  
   
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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$33,963 - $101,780  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 474
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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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Master Carpenters bring in $53K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Master Carpenter Salaries


National Average
$53,000

Experienced
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
up arrow 19%

Entry-Level
up arrow 41%

Skills That Affect Master Carpenter Salaries

Finish Carpentry
up arrow 41%

Cabinetry Installation
up arrow 6%

Plumbing
up arrow 2%

National Average
$53,000

Master carpenter
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

framing
up arrow 5%

Window or Door Installation
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
69%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 32%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 15%
dental benefits
None: 68%
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