Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Carpenters in the United States, bringing in about $19.64 per hour. Total cash compensation to Carpenters bottoms out near $29K and approaches $72K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Over a third enjoy medical while roughly a fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one in six. The majority of Carpenters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$24,967 - $76,215
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$45K
$76K
MEDIAN: $44,872
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$13.49 - $32.08
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MEDIAN: $19.66
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$0$76K
Salary $24,967 - $76,215
Bonus $198.96 - $5,061
Profit Sharing $295.17 - $6,362
Commission $750
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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$28,675 - $72,479
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 631
Hourly Data $0$45
Hourly Rate $13.49 - $32.08
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $2.42
Overtime $19.72 - $45.00
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $198.96 - $5,061
Commission $750
Profit Sharing $295.17 - $6,362
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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$28,675 - $72,479
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 5,907

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Job Description for Carpenter

A carpenter creates wooden products that are often used to create structures, such as furniture, artwork, foundations, doors, and window framing. Much of the work is done independently, so it is important to be able to adhere to deadlines. Attention to detail is essential, as the end product needs to be safe and aesthetically please.

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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.

Common Career Paths for Carpenter


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Carpenters may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Construction Project Manager. The latter position pays an average of $70K annually. It is quite typical for Carpenters to transition into roles as Carpenter Supervisors or Lead Carpenters, where reported median earnings are $9K and $6K higher per year.

Carpenter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Carpenter


Self-Employed, Tradesmen International, Inc., C Construction, Inc., Carpentry Contractors Corp, and Belfor Restoration are top-notch employers for Carpenters in this area.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $54K, Tradesmen International, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $40K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Carpenter


Survey results imply that Carpenters deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Blueprints, framer, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include framing, Drywall, and Roofing Materials Installation. Most people skilled in Cabinetry Installation are similarly competent in Blueprints and FrameMaker.

Pay by Experience Level for Carpenter

Pay by Experience for a Carpenter has a positive trend. An entry-level Carpenter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 2,058 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Carpenter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 1,741 salaries. An experienced Carpenter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 2,506 salaries. A Carpenter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 1,726 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,341

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Carpenters, 45 percent higher than the national average. Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+40 percent), Chicago (+37 percent), New York (+27 percent), and Seattle (+26 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Orlando, 5 percent below the national average.

Carpenter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Carpenter?

Carpenter in Quincy:
"Amazing."
Pros: I love doing what I do because I get to meet wonderful people and no two days are the same the field is constantly growing and changing and we must change with it.
Cons: Feeling like I'm being taken advantage of.

Carpenter in Brockton:
"It is physically taxing but also rewarding constructing."
Pros:
Cons:

Carpenter in Denver:
"Its ok."
Pros: Esop is the best.
Cons: Not enough money.

Carpenter in Republic:
"Layed back managent but always a rush."
Pros: It's pretty close to home and not a bad j9b.
Cons: The management is to unorganized.

Carpenter in Anaheim:
"Decent."
Pros: That it is always something different everyday.
Cons: The boss is a little rude and seems like he takes advantage.

Carpenter in Rutland:
"Finished product."
Pros: Walking away from a job well done.
Cons: Can get stressful.

Carpenter in Afton:
Pros: Learn to build your own house, learn how to opporate some equipment.
Cons: Very physically demanding, working in all weather conditions.

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Key Stats for Carpenter

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 954 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Carpenter Salaries

▲20%

▲7%

National Average
$42,000

▼3%

▼17%

Skills That Affect Carpenter Salaries


▲5%

▲2%


National Average
$42,000

TRIM
▼1%


Carpenter
▼2%

Carpentry
▼2%






▼8%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 954 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
no benefits
None: 65%
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