Average Carpenter Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Carpenter is $19.99.
MEDIAN $19.99
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Hourly Rate
$14 - $34
$198 - $4,985
Profit Sharing
$151 - $7,698
$0 - $9,826
Total Pay
$29,465 - $73,359

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Job Description for Carpenter

Carpenter Tasks
  • Build closets, counters, shelves, cabinets, doors, bulletin boards, windows, wall panels and other related finish carpentry items.
  • Dismantle or demolish and remove designated items prior to the commencement of repairs.
  • Select lumber, materials and supplies.
  • Work from blueprints, sketches and drawings in addition to verbal and written descriptions to accomplish the job.
The top respondents for the job title Carpenter are from the companies Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc. and Carpentry Contractors Corp. Reported salaries are highest at Carpenters' Union where the average pay is $40.00. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Self-Employed and C Construction, Inc., earning around $22.04 and $20.48, respectively. Carpentry Contractors Corp pays the lowest at around $16.99. Tradesmen International, Inc. and Big-D Construction also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $18.53 and $19.58, respectively.

Career Paths

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Lead Carpenter
Finish Carpenter
Construction Foreman
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Carpenter

Skills in Cabinetry Installation and Blueprints are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Siding Installation, Flooring Installation and Window or Door Installation.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

An entry-level Carpenter with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $14.95 based on 157 salaries. An early career Carpenter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.93 based on 2,751 salaries. A mid-career Carpenter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $19.62 based on 1,906 salaries. An experienced Carpenter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $21.46 based on 3,271 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $25.
Employees with Carpenter in their job title in Chicago, Illinois earn an average of 31.2% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (29.1% more) and Seattle, Washington (28.4% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 11,188 survey responses.
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