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$51,120 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Carpentry Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many carpentry graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,861
Undergraduate Certificate 1,684
Associate’s Degree 477

What Carpentry Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to carpentry and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Carpentry Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in carpentry should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Carpentry Majors

carpentry majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Carpentry Majors

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

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

What Can You Do With a Carpentry Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with carpentry:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Construction Carpenters 8.2% $46,590
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
Rough Carpenters 8.2% $46,590
Solar Energy Installation Managers 12.6% $65,230

How Much Do Carpentry Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $51,120 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to carpentry. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Carpentry Major  ( 51120 to 70540 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for carpentry careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 12.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 39.8%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 23.6%
Some College Courses 15.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.2%
Master’s Degree 0.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.8%

Online Carpentry Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 273 schools offered some type of carpentry program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 132 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 198 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 22 1
Associate’s Degree 82 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 132 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Carpentry Worth It?

The median salary for a carpentry grad is $51,120 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 28% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $224,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to carpentry.

Major Number of Grads
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 20,200
Building Management & Inspection 4,947
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,389
Construction 1,740
Masonry 492
Other Construction 344

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