Finish Carpenter Salary

Men make up the majority of Finish Carpenters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $19.97 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to somewhere between a fifth and a fourth, and nearly one in eight earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,737 - $72,571
$29K
$47K
$73K
MEDIAN: $47,054
10%
50%
90%

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$14.11 - $35.34
$14
$20
$35
MEDIAN: $20.21
10%
50%
90%

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$0$75K
Salary $28,737 - $72,571
Bonus $0.00 - $5,106
Profit Sharing $5.07 - $4,981
Commission $10,000
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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$30,038 - $75,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 153
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $14.11 - $35.34
Hourly Tips $0.03 - $2.68
Overtime $18.75 - $42.10
Annual Data $0$75K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,106
Commission $10,000
Profit Sharing $5.07 - $4,981
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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$30,038 - $75,247
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,737

Job Description for Finish Carpenter

A finish carpenter works with wood to ensure the quality of completed pieces meets their company's and or clients' standards. They must maintain a clean job site, communicate effectively with the client to discern their needs and issues, and work well with other carpenter. Finish carpenters are also responsible for reviewing and interpreting blueprints, sketches, and work orders. They must then determine what materials and equipment are needed for the assignment; for all projects, finish carpenters need to ensure that jobs completed come in under or at budget and are completed on time.

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Finish 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 Finish Carpenter


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At the upper end, Finish Carpenters who move into a Construction Project Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Construction Project Managers is a much higher $70K per year.

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Popular Skills for Finish Carpenter


Survey results imply that Finish Carpenters put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Finish Carpentry, Millwork Design, and Cabinetry Installation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 11 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Drywall as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. framing and finish carpenter also typically command lower compensation. Those familiar with Cabinetry Installation also tend to know Flooring Installation and Blueprints.

Pay by Experience Level for Finish Carpenter

Pay by Experience for a Finish Carpenter has a positive trend. An entry-level Finish Carpenter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 267 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Finish 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 275 salaries. An experienced Finish Carpenter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 432 salaries. A Finish Carpenter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 337 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,693

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

Home to some of the best pay for Finish Carpenters, Chicago offers exceptional salaries, 94 percent above the national average. Finish Carpenters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+45 percent), San Diego (+31 percent), New York (+18 percent), and Pittsburgh (+17 percent). Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Salt Lake City is the market with the smallest paychecks. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Tampa and Indianapolis (13 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Finish Carpenter

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
34%

Experience Affects Finish Carpenter Salaries

▲20%

▲7%

National Average
$44,000

▼7%

▼22%

Skills That Affect Finish Carpenter Salaries

Finish Carpentry
▲19%

Millwork Design
▲9%


Blueprints
▲1%

National Average
$44,000



TRIM
▼11%

finish carpenter
▼17%

framing
▼26%

Drywall
▼27%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
34%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 23%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
vision benefits
Vision: 8%
no benefits
None: 76%