Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

47-3012 Helpers--Carpenters

Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist carpenters are classified under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).


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)
35,870 2.9 % $13.09 $27,230 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.72 $10.11 $12.29 $15.39 $18.18
Annual Wage (2) $18,130 $21,020 $25,550 $32,000 $37,820


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 14,610 2.56 $13.17 $27,400
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,480 0.99 $13.98 $29,070
Building Finishing Contractors 5,030 0.80 $12.49 $25,980
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,630 0.53 $11.94 $24,830
Employment Services 770 0.02 $13.42 $27,920

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 14,610 2.56 $13.17 $27,400
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,480 0.99 $13.98 $29,070
Building Finishing Contractors 5,030 0.80 $12.49 $25,980
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,630 0.53 $11.94 $24,830
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 440 0.23 $11.88 $24,720

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 60 0.06 $17.72 $36,850
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 580 0.19 $16.41 $34,140
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $15.81 $32,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $14.98 $31,160
Utility System Construction 680 0.16 $14.13 $29,400


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)
New York 3,610 0.42 1.53 $13.22 $27,500
Texas 2,880 0.27 0.99 $12.67 $26,340
California 2,530 0.18 0.64 $15.66 $32,580
Virginia 2,250 0.63 2.27 $12.18 $25,330
Louisiana 1,590 0.85 3.09 $11.43 $23,780




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 620 1.56 5.65 $9.81 $20,390
Montana 460 1.07 3.88 $12.78 $26,580
New Mexico 690 0.89 3.23 $13.14 $27,320
Louisiana 1,590 0.85 3.09 $11.43 $23,780
Vermont 240 0.81 2.93 $13.96 $29,030




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 440 0.75 2.72 $22.46 $46,710
Rhode Island 100 0.22 0.81 $18.70 $38,900
Massachusetts 1,220 0.38 1.38 $17.72 $36,850
Missouri 320 0.12 0.44 $16.04 $33,370
Alaska 150 0.47 1.70 $15.91 $33,100





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 1,400 0.27 0.99 $15.06 $31,320
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,050 0.40 1.45 $12.41 $25,810
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 910 0.74 2.69 $13.20 $27,450
Baltimore-Towson, MD 830 0.66 2.40 $11.22 $23,340
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 680 0.95 3.44 $11.54 $24,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 630 0.27 0.98 $13.42 $27,910
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 590 0.28 1.02 $12.68 $26,370
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 580 0.34 1.22 $18.82 $39,150
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 510 0.14 0.51 $13.20 $27,450
Baton Rouge, LA 500 1.38 5.01 $12.61 $26,230




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)
Pascagoula, MS 130 2.38 8.63 $15.16 $31,540
Bismarck, ND 140 2.17 7.90 $13.88 $28,880
Rapid City, SD 120 1.95 7.09 $11.00 $22,870
Las Cruces, NM 120 1.75 6.36 $9.82 $20,420
Sioux Falls, SD 230 1.65 5.99 $9.15 $19,040
Barnstable Town, MA 140 1.44 5.22 $16.44 $34,190
Baton Rouge, LA 500 1.38 5.01 $12.61 $26,230
Alexandria, LA 80 1.35 4.92 $9.98 $20,750
Lake Charles, LA 100 1.18 4.27 $13.12 $27,290
Charlottesville, VA 110 1.16 4.22 $12.98 $27,000




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $31.68 $65,900
Honolulu, HI 360 0.83 3.01 $24.34 $50,620
Springfield, MO 50 0.24 0.88 $19.48 $40,520
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 90 0.16 0.59 $19.38 $40,320
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 0.13 0.47 $19.15 $39,830
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.08 0.30 $19.14 $39,810
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $19.10 $39,730
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 580 0.34 1.22 $18.82 $39,150
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 40 0.48 1.73 $17.83 $37,090
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 90 0.56 2.03 $17.64 $36,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 170 2.49 9.05 $12.10 $25,170
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 150 1.04 3.80 $10.49 $21,820
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 150 0.81 2.93 $13.97 $29,060
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 150 1.23 4.48 $10.30 $21,410
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 140 1.09 3.97 $10.65 $22,150

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 170 2.49 9.05 $12.10 $25,170
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.22 8.05 $8.58 $17,850
East Central North Dakota 70 1.69 6.14 $11.46 $23,830
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.50 5.45 $9.78 $20,340
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.43 5.21 $14.47 $30,110

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.42 $52,860
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.91 $33,100
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.91 $33,090
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.36 $31,950
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.25 4.55 $14.93 $31,060


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013