Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
37,400 3.0 % $13.20 $27,450 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.85 $10.29 $12.54 $15.36 $18.34
Annual Wage (2) $18,400 $21,410 $26,090 $31,950 $38,150


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 14,360 2.41 $13.00 $27,050
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,630 1.00 $14.23 $29,600
Building Finishing Contractors 4,900 0.75 $12.94 $26,910
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,810 0.67 $12.71 $26,440
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,520 0.27 $12.58 $26,160

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 14,360 2.41 $13.00 $27,050
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,630 1.00 $14.23 $29,600
Building Finishing Contractors 4,900 0.75 $12.94 $26,910
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,810 0.67 $12.71 $26,440
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,520 0.27 $12.58 $26,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 420 0.14 $16.54 $34,410
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 50 0.02 $16.09 $33,460
Utility System Construction 870 0.20 $14.63 $30,440
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,630 1.00 $14.23 $29,600
Performing Arts Companies 40 0.03 $13.86 $28,820


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)
Texas 4,020 0.37 1.31 $13.46 $28,000
New York 3,490 0.40 1.43 $12.71 $26,430
Virginia 2,720 0.75 2.65 $12.70 $26,410
California 2,140 0.15 0.52 $15.15 $31,500
Louisiana 1,930 1.02 3.63 $12.64 $26,280




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 650 1.60 5.69 $9.66 $20,090
Louisiana 1,930 1.02 3.63 $12.64 $26,280
Wyoming 250 0.89 3.17 $13.50 $28,090
Montana 360 0.82 2.90 $12.36 $25,700
Virginia 2,720 0.75 2.65 $12.70 $26,410




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 430 0.71 2.53 $22.67 $47,150
Alaska 240 0.73 2.60 $19.38 $40,310
Washington 330 0.12 0.41 $18.07 $37,580
Massachusetts 1,220 0.37 1.33 $17.27 $35,930
Missouri 550 0.21 0.73 $16.63 $34,590





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,770 0.64 2.27 $14.45 $30,060
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,300 1.05 3.72 $12.38 $25,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,120 0.47 1.68 $12.78 $26,580
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.21 0.75 $14.42 $29,980
Baltimore-Towson, MD 790 0.62 2.19 $12.40 $25,790
Baton Rouge, LA 770 2.10 7.44 $13.39 $27,850
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 750 1.04 3.69 $11.98 $24,930
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 620 0.29 1.02 $12.58 $26,170
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 600 0.16 0.58 $12.45 $25,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 540 0.31 1.10 $18.94 $39,390




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)
Las Cruces, NM 150 2.21 7.85 $9.96 $20,710
Baton Rouge, LA 770 2.10 7.44 $13.39 $27,850
Sioux Falls, SD 280 1.98 7.03 $9.25 $19,240
Bismarck, ND 130 1.89 6.69 $14.18 $29,490
Barnstable Town, MA 140 1.47 5.22 $15.93 $33,140
Lake Charles, LA 120 1.41 4.99 $12.76 $26,550
Dover, DE 80 1.37 4.85 $12.83 $26,680
Pascagoula, MS 70 1.25 4.44 $16.07 $33,430
Alexandria, LA 70 1.12 3.98 $10.60 $22,040
Rapid City, SD 60 1.05 3.72 $10.12 $21,040




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)
Honolulu, HI 350 0.79 2.80 $24.59 $51,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 90 0.09 0.33 $23.32 $48,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.10 0.36 $21.86 $45,470
Anchorage, AK 120 0.69 2.46 $21.29 $44,290
Akron, OH (8) (8) (8) $19.82 $41,230
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $19.30 $40,130
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 540 0.31 1.10 $18.94 $39,390
Wilmington, NC (8) (8) (8) $18.58 $38,640
Duluth, MN-WI 60 0.50 1.77 $18.17 $37,790
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 120 0.29 1.02 $17.39 $36,170

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 2.62 9.30 $13.51 $28,100
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 0.84 2.98 $13.87 $28,850
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 160 1.24 4.40 $10.55 $21,940
Central New York nonmetropolitan area 110 0.84 2.99 $10.33 $21,490
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 100 0.78 2.78 $9.49 $19,730

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 2.62 9.30 $13.51 $28,100
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 80 2.31 8.18 $8.90 $18,520
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.60 5.68 $10.00 $20,790
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 50 1.46 5.16 $14.09 $29,300
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 60 1.34 4.76 $13.87 $28,850

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) $25.70 $53,450
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 70 0.47 1.67 $16.97 $35,310
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.66 $34,660
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.54 $34,390
West Central North Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.44 $32,110


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014