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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
33,020 3.0 % $15.32 $31,850 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.10 $12.11 $14.85 $17.87 $21.28
Annual Wage (2) $21,010 $25,180 $30,880 $37,160 $44,260


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 11,110 1.43 $14.45 $30,060
Building Finishing Contractors 5,540 0.68 $15.68 $32,620
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 5,340 0.58 $15.30 $31,820
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,880 0.60 $17.08 $35,530
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,340 0.20 $15.18 $31,580

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 11,110 1.43 $14.45 $30,060
Building Finishing Contractors 5,540 0.68 $15.68 $32,620
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,880 0.60 $17.08 $35,530
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 5,340 0.58 $15.30 $31,820
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,340 0.20 $15.18 $31,580

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $20.86 $43,400
Ship and Boat Building (8) (8) $20.09 $41,780
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 250 0.12 $19.56 $40,690
Building Equipment Contractors 200 0.01 $17.57 $36,550
Support Activities for Mining 90 0.03 $17.57 $36,540


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)
Florida 3,240 0.38 1.65 $13.66 $28,400
Texas 3,220 0.27 1.16 $15.69 $32,630
California 2,660 0.16 0.69 $17.38 $36,150
Virginia 2,090 0.55 2.40 $14.08 $29,280
Louisiana 1,940 1.01 4.44 $15.37 $31,960




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)
Louisiana 1,940 1.01 4.44 $15.37 $31,960
Alaska 280 0.89 3.90 $18.22 $37,890
Delaware 330 0.74 3.25 $14.08 $29,290
Rhode Island 340 0.70 3.07 $15.89 $33,040
Maine 400 0.66 2.88 $14.48 $30,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 150 0.21 0.90 $19.35 $40,250
Massachusetts 790 0.22 0.97 $19.07 $39,660
Missouri 800 0.28 1.25 $18.38 $38,220
Alaska 280 0.89 3.90 $18.22 $37,890
Wyoming 100 0.38 1.68 $18.06 $37,560





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,330 0.14 0.62 $14.88 $30,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,310 0.42 1.83 $15.89 $33,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,250 0.42 1.84 $16.63 $34,600
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 840 0.32 1.42 $13.34 $27,740
Baton Rouge, LA 820 2.08 9.13 $15.78 $32,830
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 760 0.56 2.44 $14.03 $29,180
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 730 0.12 0.53 $17.31 $36,010
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 700 0.20 0.86 $15.43 $32,100
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 670 0.33 1.44 $16.96 $35,270
St. Louis, MO-IL 650 0.47 2.08 $17.58 $36,560




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)
Lake Charles, LA 340 2.90 12.70 $19.49 $40,550
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 170 2.19 9.60 $14.36 $29,870
Baton Rouge, LA 820 2.08 9.13 $15.78 $32,830
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 300 1.90 8.31 $17.16 $35,680
Dover, DE 90 1.37 6.02 $12.50 $26,010
Anchorage, AK 210 1.21 5.30 $18.06 $37,560
Winchester, VA-WV 60 1.05 4.59 $13.68 $28,450
Salisbury, MD-DE 150 0.96 4.19 $13.06 $27,170
Rapid City, SD 60 0.91 3.97 $12.54 $26,080
Charlottesville, VA 100 0.85 3.70 $15.46 $32,170




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)
Salem, OR (8) (8) (8) $30.01 $62,420
Duluth, MN-WI 30 0.24 1.04 $22.38 $46,550
Medford, OR 40 0.48 2.09 $22.27 $46,330
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $22.20 $46,180
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.21 0.90 $21.59 $44,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 530 0.19 0.85 $20.78 $43,220
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY (8) (8) (8) $20.76 $43,190
Fort Collins, CO (8) (8) (8) $20.30 $42,220
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 420 0.18 0.77 $19.95 $41,490
Lake Charles, LA 340 2.90 12.70 $19.49 $40,550

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 3.77 $12.53 $26,050
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 120 0.65 2.85 $10.45 $21,730
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 3.14 $12.69 $26,390
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 90 0.64 2.80 $16.39 $34,080
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 2.14 $15.49 $32,220

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)
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 4.46 $13.74 $28,570
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.90 3.93 $15.00 $31,210
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 3.77 $12.53 $26,050
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.72 3.17 $14.31 $29,760
Mountain North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.72 3.14 $12.69 $26,390

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 70 0.65 2.85 $18.88 $39,260
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 0.65 2.84 $17.96 $37,360
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.80 $37,030
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.85 $35,040
West Montana nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.82 $34,990


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019