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What Does it Take to Be a Carpenter?

Carpenter Job Description Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.

  • Counter Installer
  • Construction Carpenter
  • House Carpenter
  • Finish Carpenter
  • Custom Wood Stair Builder

Job Demand for Carpenters

In the United States, there were 1,025,600 jobs for Carpenters in 2016.

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.2% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 83,800 new jobs for Carpenters by 2026. There will be an estimated 104,400 positions for Carpenter per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Carpenters in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Carpenters are California, Florida, and Texas.

Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, New Mexico, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Carpenter

The average yearly salary of a Carpenter ranges between $28,860 and $82,750. The median salary is $46,590.

Salary Ranges for Carpenters

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

Hawaii

$73,070

Illinois

$66,280

Alaska

$66,240

New Jersey

$63,230

New York

$62,880

Massachusetts

$60,970

Washington

$60,800

California

$59,860

Connecticut

$57,910

Missouri

$55,220

District of Columbia

$53,470

Pennsylvania

$53,450

Nevada

$53,140

Minnesota

$52,610

Rhode Island

$51,090

Wisconsin

$50,760

Delaware

$49,960

Maryland

$48,870

Wyoming

$48,750

Oregon

$48,680

Indiana

$47,970

Ohio

$47,940

Michigan

$47,740

Colorado

$47,640

Kentucky

$47,320

New Hampshire

$47,150

Louisiana

$45,910

Georgia

$45,850

Vermont

$44,590

South Carolina

$44,490

Virginia

$43,750

West Virginia

$43,570

Arizona

$43,460

Kansas

$43,300

Oklahoma

$42,990

North Dakota

$42,850

Iowa

$42,660

Montana

$42,480

Maine

$42,230

Utah

$42,160

Florida

$40,660

Texas

$40,370

Alabama

$40,310

Tennessee

$39,620

New Mexico

$39,430

Nebraska

$39,080

Idaho

$38,760

Mississippi

$37,740

North Carolina

$37,180

Arkansas

$36,390

South Dakota

$36,340

Who Employs Carpenters?

Carpenter Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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