Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
580,570 0.8 % $21.62 $44,980 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.08 $15.17 $19.47 $26.61 $35.14
Annual Wage (2) $25,120 $31,550 $40,500 $55,340 $73,100


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 176,260 29.54 $20.19 $41,990
Nonresidential Building Construction 107,940 16.22 $23.46 $48,790
Building Finishing Contractors 90,970 13.86 $22.53 $46,860
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 64,330 9.02 $20.06 $41,730
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 13,640 4.56 $24.52 $51,000

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 176,260 29.54 $20.19 $41,990
Nonresidential Building Construction 107,940 16.22 $23.46 $48,790
Building Finishing Contractors 90,970 13.86 $22.53 $46,860
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 64,330 9.02 $20.06 $41,730
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 5,220 5.13 $25.30 $52,620

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,050 0.28 $34.48 $71,730
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 920 0.88 $31.28 $65,050
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing (8) (8) $30.61 $63,680
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 30 (7) $29.52 $61,410
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $28.57 $59,430


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 63,110 4.29 0.98 $26.56 $55,240
New York 43,290 5.01 1.14 $27.70 $57,620
Pennsylvania 33,660 5.99 1.37 $21.33 $44,370
Florida 33,480 4.49 1.03 $17.31 $36,000
Texas 32,500 2.98 0.68 $15.96 $33,200




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)
Wyoming 2,700 9.66 2.21 $19.66 $40,900
South Dakota 3,720 9.24 2.11 $15.58 $32,410
Alaska 2,940 9.12 2.08 $30.66 $63,770
Vermont 2,710 9.09 2.08 $20.52 $42,670
Montana 3,570 8.12 1.85 $18.79 $39,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 4,360 7.23 1.65 $32.53 $67,650
Alaska 2,940 9.12 2.08 $30.66 $63,770
New York 43,290 5.01 1.14 $27.70 $57,620
Massachusetts 14,640 4.49 1.03 $26.71 $55,550
California 63,110 4.29 0.98 $26.56 $55,240





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 22,090 4.21 0.96 $31.17 $64,830
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,090 3.27 0.75 $28.75 $59,810
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 11,830 2.98 0.68 $25.42 $52,880
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,200 5.54 1.27 $25.03 $52,060
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 10,080 4.26 0.97 $22.03 $45,810
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 9,640 3.50 0.80 $16.62 $34,580
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 9,480 6.54 1.49 $25.57 $53,180
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 9,040 7.32 1.67 $29.51 $61,380
Pittsburgh, PA 7,790 6.89 1.57 $21.51 $44,740
St. Louis, MO-IL 7,660 5.93 1.35 $25.49 $53,020