Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-2031 Carpenters

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


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
620,410 0.7 % $21.10 $43,890 0.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.85 $14.76 $19.00 $25.90 $34.45
Annual Wage (2) $24,650 $30,710 $39,530 $53,880 $71,660


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 180,480 30.51 $19.72 $41,010
Nonresidential Building Construction 119,820 18.04 $23.19 $48,230
Building Finishing Contractors 94,050 14.13 $22.04 $45,850
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 71,360 10.00 $19.85 $41,280
Employment Services 16,220 0.61 $19.29 $40,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 180,480 30.51 $19.72 $41,010
Nonresidential Building Construction 119,820 18.04 $23.19 $48,230
Building Finishing Contractors 94,050 14.13 $22.04 $45,850
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 71,360 10.00 $19.85 $41,280
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 5,620 5.73 $20.92 $43,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $30.16 $62,730
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,570 0.44 $29.52 $61,400
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 80 0.08 $29.10 $60,530
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $27.46 $57,120
Scientific Research and Development Services 250 0.04 $26.93 $56,020


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 63,610 4.54 0.93 $26.25 $54,600
New York 50,180 6.01 1.23 $25.64 $53,340
Pennsylvania 34,150 6.23 1.28 $20.58 $42,810
Texas 30,820 3.06 0.63 $15.59 $32,430
Florida 30,330 4.27 0.88 $17.15 $35,660




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 4,030 10.39 2.13 $14.81 $30,790
Alaska 3,020 9.82 2.01 $29.14 $60,600
Wyoming 2,630 9.76 2.00 $20.06 $41,720
Montana 4,100 9.66 1.98 $17.13 $35,640
Hawaii 5,030 8.81 1.80 $31.81 $66,170




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 5,030 8.81 1.80 $31.81 $66,170
Alaska 3,020 9.82 2.01 $29.14 $60,600
Nevada 9,140 8.21 1.68 $27.62 $57,450
New Jersey 16,640 4.41 0.90 $26.67 $55,470
California 63,610 4.54 0.93 $26.25 $54,600

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 25,000 5.02 1.03 $28.54 $59,360
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 17,750 5.01 1.03 $27.56 $57,320
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 11,080 9.21 1.89 $28.42 $59,120
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 10,810 2.83 0.58 $24.50 $50,960
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 10,340 7.68 1.57 $25.19 $52,390
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,120 5.61 1.15 $24.76 $51,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,590 4.19 0.86 $21.65 $45,040
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 9,340 5.55 1.14 $19.44 $40,430
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 8,710 3.49 0.71 $16.57 $34,460
St. Louis, MO-IL 8,170 6.50 1.33 $25.07 $52,150




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rapid City, SD 770 13.18 2.70 $14.84 $30,870
Coeur d'Alene, ID 630 12.27 2.51 $17.02 $35,410
Morgantown, WV 700 12.07 2.47 $13.46 $28,000
Fairbanks, AK 400 11.44 2.34 $33.08 $68,800
Lancaster, PA 2,460 11.12 2.28 $17.76 $36,930
Glens Falls, NY 560 10.91 2.23 $20.65 $42,950
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 1,080 10.90 2.23 $17.55 $36,510
Barnstable Town, MA 1,020 10.89 2.23 $25.14 $52,300
Bismarck, ND 670 10.73 2.20 $15.26 $31,740
Ocean City, NJ 400 10.52 2.16 $20.66 $42,960