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Life As a 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.

Types of Carpenter

  • Building Carpenter
  • Counter Installer
  • House Carpenter
  • Construction Carpenter
  • Wood Floor Layer

Is There Job Demand for Carpenters?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1,025,600 jobs in the United States for Carpenter. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 83,800 new jobs for Carpenter by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 104,400 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Carpenters in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Carpenter are Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. 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.

How Much Does a Carpenter Make?

The typical yearly salary for Carpenters is somewhere between $28,860 and $82,750.

Salary Ranges for Carpenters

Carpenters who work in Hawaii, Illinois, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

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

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $40,310
Alaska $66,240
Arizona $43,460
Arkansas $36,390
California $59,860
Colorado $47,640
Connecticut $57,910
Delaware $49,960
District of Columbia $53,470
Florida $40,660
Georgia $45,850
Hawaii $73,070
Idaho $38,760
Illinois $66,280
Indiana $47,970
Iowa $42,660
Kansas $43,300
Kentucky $47,320
Louisiana $45,910
Maine $42,230
Maryland $48,870
Massachusetts $60,970
Michigan $47,740
Minnesota $52,610
Mississippi $37,740
Missouri $55,220
Montana $42,480
Nebraska $39,080
Nevada $53,140
New Hampshire $47,150
New Jersey $63,230
New Mexico $39,430
New York $62,880
North Carolina $37,180
North Dakota $42,850
Ohio $47,940
Oklahoma $42,990
Oregon $48,680
Pennsylvania $53,450
Rhode Island $51,090
South Carolina $44,490
South Dakota $36,340
Tennessee $39,620
Texas $40,370
Utah $42,160
Vermont $44,590
Virginia $43,750
Washington $60,800
West Virginia $43,570
Wisconsin $50,760
Wyoming $48,750

Where Carpenters Work

Carpenter Sectors

Below are examples of industries where Carpenters work:

Carpenter Industries

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