Occupation Snapshot | Carpenters, 2015-2019 | August 2021
Carpenters construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials such as concrete forms, building frameworks (including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters), wood stairways, window/door frames, and hardwood floors. They may also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation.
As of May 2019, there were 734,170 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $25.41 and the average annual wage was $52,850.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for this occupation, there were 11,670 nonfatal injury and illness cases requiring days away from work during 2019. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 189.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 99 for carpenters during 2019, compared to 86 during 2018.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII and CFOI program concepts and definitions see the SOII Handbook of Methods and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: August 5, 2021