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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Helpers--Carpenters
Industry profile for Helpers--Carpenters
Geographic profile for Helpers--Carpenters

National estimates for Helpers--Carpenters:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Helpers--Carpenters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
30,900 3.8 % $ 17.00 $ 35,360 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Helpers--Carpenters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.47 $ 13.60 $ 16.48 $ 19.47 $ 24.02
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,850 $ 28,290 $ 34,280 $ 40,490 $ 49,950


Industry profile for Helpers--Carpenters:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Helpers--Carpenters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 10,800 1.35 $ 16.62 $ 34,570
Building Finishing Contractors 5,300 0.66 $ 16.50 $ 34,310
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,420 0.55 $ 18.82 $ 39,150
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,390 0.47 $ 16.93 $ 35,200
Utility System Construction 650 0.12 $ 19.68 $ 40,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Helpers--Carpenters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 10,800 1.35 $ 16.62 $ 34,570
Building Finishing Contractors 5,300 0.66 $ 16.50 $ 34,310
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,420 0.55 $ 18.82 $ 39,150
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,390 0.47 $ 16.93 $ 35,200
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 450 0.14 $ 14.36 $ 29,870

Top paying industries for Helpers--Carpenters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 60 (7) $ 21.50 $ 44,720
Utility System Construction 650 0.12 $ 19.68 $ 40,940
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,420 0.55 $ 18.82 $ 39,150
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 240 0.07 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
Services to Buildings and Dwellings 40 (7) $ 18.79 $ 39,080


Geographic profile for Helpers--Carpenters:

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





States with the highest employment level in Helpers--Carpenters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 3,230 0.20 0.89 $ 19.69 $ 40,950
Florida 2,630 0.31 1.40 $ 15.62 $ 32,480
Texas 2,520 0.21 0.94 $ 17.75 $ 36,920
Virginia 1,980 0.53 2.40 $ 14.41 $ 29,980
Washington 1,660 0.52 2.34 $ 18.33 $ 38,120




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Carpenters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 240 0.80 3.58 $ 18.31 $ 38,090
Vermont 210 0.73 3.29 $ 16.94 $ 35,230
Louisiana 1,010 0.56 2.52 $ 16.67 $ 34,670
Virginia 1,980 0.53 2.40 $ 14.41 $ 29,980
Washington 1,660 0.52 2.34 $ 18.33 $ 38,120




Top paying states for Helpers--Carpenters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 700 0.39 1.75 $ 20.41 $ 42,450
District of Columbia 120 0.18 0.79 $ 19.77 $ 41,120
California 3,230 0.20 0.89 $ 19.69 $ 40,950
New York 1,110 0.13 0.57 $ 18.78 $ 39,060
Illinois 220 0.04 0.18 $ 18.63 $ 38,760





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Helpers--Carpenters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,420 0.16 0.72 $ 19.09 $ 39,710
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,300 0.67 3.00 $ 19.29 $ 40,110
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,140 0.38 1.70 $ 17.00 $ 35,360
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,030 0.35 1.56 $ 18.26 $ 37,980
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 840 0.31 1.40 $ 17.69 $ 36,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 770 0.31 1.39 $ 15.82 $ 32,910
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 660 0.25 1.14 $ 18.81 $ 39,120
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 640 0.50 2.23 $ 15.31 $ 31,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 590 0.25 1.13 $ 21.58 $ 44,900
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 570 0.39 1.74 $ 18.75 $ 39,000




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Carpenters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 190 2.60 11.70 $ 15.32 $ 31,870
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 250 1.64 7.38 $ 19.09 $ 39,710
Lynchburg, VA 140 1.43 6.43 $ 12.91 $ 26,850
Napa, CA 100 1.42 6.41 $ 20.42 $ 42,460
Rapid City, SD 60 1.00 4.50 $ 14.63 $ 30,430
Roanoke, VA 140 0.98 4.40 $ 14.85 $ 30,880
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 40 0.95 4.27 $ 14.59 $ 30,340
Anchorage, AK 140 0.87 3.92 $ 17.43 $ 36,260
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 230 0.86 3.88 $ 16.24 $ 33,780
Altoona, PA 50 0.86 3.87 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for Helpers--Carpenters:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Salem, OR (8) (8) (8) $ 30.80 $ 64,070
New Bedford, MA 30 0.54 2.45 $ 21.98 $ 45,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 590 0.25 1.13 $ 21.58 $ 44,900
Medford, OR 30 0.36 1.64 $ 21.23 $ 44,160
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY 90 0.17 0.78 $ 20.63 $ 42,920
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 20.54 $ 42,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 20.44 $ 42,510
Napa, CA 100 1.42 6.41 $ 20.42 $ 42,460
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 20.40 $ 42,430
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 90 0.26 1.19 $ 20.26 $ 42,150

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Helpers--Carpenters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.97 4.38 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.52 6.82 $ 13.67 $ 28,420
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 3.74 $ 12.81 $ 26,630
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 3.42 $ 20.37 $ 42,370
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 70 0.37 1.67 $ 17.06 $ 35,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Helpers--Carpenters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 90 1.52 6.82 $ 13.67 $ 28,420
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.97 4.38 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 90 0.83 3.74 $ 12.81 $ 26,630
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 3.42 $ 20.37 $ 42,370
Maryland nonmetropolitan area 30 0.56 2.51 $ 14.27 $ 29,670

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Helpers--Carpenters:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.06 $ 47,960
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 22.40 $ 46,600
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 3.42 $ 20.37 $ 42,370
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 190 0.97 4.38 $ 19.12 $ 39,770
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.23 1.05 $ 18.48 $ 38,440


About May 2020 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021