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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
32,920 3.1 % $16.26 $33,830 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.89 $12.95 $15.89 $18.70 $22.88
Annual Wage (2) $22,640 $26,940 $33,060 $38,900 $47,580


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 10,750 1.33 $15.70 $32,660
Building Finishing Contractors 5,950 0.71 $15.95 $33,180
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 5,010 0.54 $16.20 $33,690
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,970 0.60 $17.95 $37,350
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 830 0.12 $15.91 $33,090

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 10,750 1.33 $15.70 $32,660
Building Finishing Contractors 5,950 0.71 $15.95 $33,180
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,970 0.60 $17.95 $37,350
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 5,010 0.54 $16.20 $33,690
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 450 0.13 $14.30 $29,740

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 60 (7) $22.15 $46,070
Building Equipment Contractors 210 0.01 $18.78 $39,070
Support Activities for Mining 130 0.04 $18.71 $38,920
Utility System Construction 690 0.12 $18.40 $38,280
Ship and Boat Building 30 0.02 $18.08 $37,610


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 3,500 0.20 0.90 $18.73 $38,970
Florida 2,940 0.33 1.49 $14.10 $29,330
Texas 2,900 0.23 1.04 $17.20 $35,770
Virginia 2,070 0.53 2.38 $14.39 $29,920
New York 1,630 0.17 0.76 $16.50 $34,320




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)
Vermont 250 0.80 3.59 $15.82 $32,890
Alaska 250 0.79 3.52 $17.93 $37,280
Louisiana 1,380 0.72 3.20 $16.68 $34,700
Delaware 300 0.67 2.97 $14.13 $29,390
Maine 340 0.55 2.46 $15.68 $32,610




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 600 0.32 1.41 $19.15 $39,840
Massachusetts 930 0.26 1.15 $18.91 $39,340
Washington 990 0.30 1.33 $18.89 $39,290
District of Columbia 150 0.20 0.90 $18.78 $39,060
California 3,500 0.20 0.90 $18.73 $38,970





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 1,820 0.19 0.84 $17.13 $35,620
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,380 0.43 1.93 $16.71 $34,760
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,220 0.40 1.78 $18.01 $37,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 800 0.13 0.57 $18.10 $37,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 770 0.31 1.40 $20.02 $41,650
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 700 0.26 1.17 $13.83 $28,770
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 680 0.49 2.20 $14.46 $30,070
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 670 0.32 1.41 $17.47 $36,350
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 660 0.24 1.05 $20.24 $42,090
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 660 0.32 1.45 $21.29 $44,290




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 320 2.75 12.28 $19.82 $41,230
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 190 2.40 10.70 $14.78 $30,740
Punta Gorda, FL 80 1.73 7.73 $16.34 $34,000
Napa, CA 130 1.73 7.72 $19.70 $40,980
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 260 1.63 7.29 $18.99 $39,500
Dover, DE 80 1.29 5.76 $12.71 $26,430
Baton Rouge, LA 450 1.14 5.10 $18.23 $37,910
Rapid City, SD 70 1.11 4.94 $14.49 $30,150
Lynchburg, VA 110 1.08 4.80 $12.64 $26,300
Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH 120 0.95 4.26 $17.00 $35,370




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) $28.95 $60,230
Medford, OR 50 0.61 2.71 $21.73 $45,200
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 660 0.32 1.45 $21.29 $44,290
Fort Collins, CO (8) (8) (8) $20.87 $43,410
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 660 0.24 1.05 $20.24 $42,090
Lancaster, PA (8) (8) (8) $20.19 $42,000
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA (8) (8) (8) $20.18 $41,970
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 770 0.31 1.40 $20.02 $41,650
Lake Charles, LA 320 2.75 12.28 $19.82 $41,230
Provo-Orem, UT (8) (8) (8) $19.82 $41,220

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)
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 140 1.31 5.84 $15.34 $31,900
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 1.88 8.39 $13.48 $28,040
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 5.54 $15.77 $32,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 0.44 1.97 $13.99 $29,110
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 3.18 $19.64 $40,850

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 120 1.88 8.39 $13.48 $28,040
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 140 1.31 5.84 $15.34 $31,900
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 90 1.24 5.54 $15.77 $32,810
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 3.39 $18.89 $39,290
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 3.18 $19.64 $40,850

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)
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $22.44 $46,670
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 3.18 $19.64 $40,850
West Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $19.40 $40,350
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 3.39 $18.89 $39,290
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.31 $36,010


About May 2019 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 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020