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Carpentry Major

Carpentry is a major that typically falls into the Construction Trades category.

There are 82 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in carpentry, 0 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 0 that offer a master’s degree.

Who Is Getting a Carpentry Degree?

Carpentry is the most popular college major in the country. In 2017, roughly students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of carpentry majors is as follows:

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Carpentry Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

What Will You Learn as a Carpentry Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to carpentry to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Carpentry Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Carpentry Majors

Skills for Carpentry Majors

A major in carpentry prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

Important Skills for Carpentry Majors

Abilities for Carpentry Majors

A major in carpentry will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

Important Abilities for carpentry Majors

What Can You Do With a Carpentry Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with carpentry:

Careers Related to Carpentry
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Rough Carpenters



First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers



Solar Energy Installation Managers



Construction Carpenters



Carpentry Major Salary

Average salaries range from $51,000 to $71,000 for careers related to carpentry. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Carpentry Major  ( 51000 to 71000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

Your salary will be largely dependent on the career path you follow and what area of the country (or world) you work. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Carpentry Major Jobs

Some careers associated with carpentry require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much education do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to carpentry have obtained the following education levels.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Carpentry
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Carpentry Programs

There are 0 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in carpentry, with 0 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Getting your degree online is not easy and includes watching and listening to hours of lectures, participating in group charts, submitting papers by the appropriate deadline and taking tests. Some online programs will also feature internships or in-person clinical hours.

Is a Carpentry Major Worth It?

The median salary for a carpentry grad is $51,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 31% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $244,400 after 20 years!

carpentry salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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