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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-2031 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; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.


National estimates for Carpenters
Industry profile for Carpenters
Geographic profile for Carpenters

National estimates for Carpenters:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Carpenters:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
699,300 0.9 % $ 26.06 $ 54,200 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Carpenters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.00 $ 18.38 $ 23.81 $ 31.00 $ 42.02
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,200 $ 38,240 $ 49,520 $ 64,480 $ 87,410


Industry profile for Carpenters:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Carpenters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 206,010 25.78 $ 24.50 $ 50,960
Nonresidential Building Construction 122,380 15.15 $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Building Finishing Contractors 116,530 14.49 $ 26.80 $ 55,750
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 94,740 10.25 $ 25.82 $ 53,700
Employment Services 16,860 0.53 $ 23.58 $ 49,050

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Carpenters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 206,010 25.78 $ 24.50 $ 50,960
Nonresidential Building Construction 122,380 15.15 $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Building Finishing Contractors 116,530 14.49 $ 26.80 $ 55,750
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 94,740 10.25 $ 25.82 $ 53,700
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 7,070 5.87 $ 27.80 $ 57,830

Top paying industries for Carpenters:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $ 41.30 $ 85,900
Natural Gas Distribution 50 0.05 $ 41.08 $ 85,450
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services (8) (8) $ 38.85 $ 80,810
Other Support Services (8) (8) $ 35.71 $ 74,270
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,480 0.75 $ 35.52 $ 73,890


Geographic profile for Carpenters:

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





States with the highest employment level in Carpenters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 103,640 6.31 1.25 $ 31.22 $ 64,930
Florida 44,880 5.32 1.06 $ 20.23 $ 42,070
New York 44,620 5.13 1.02 $ 32.27 $ 67,120
Texas 38,270 3.16 0.63 $ 20.28 $ 42,180
Pennsylvania 28,630 5.19 1.03 $ 26.62 $ 55,370




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Idaho 8,990 12.51 2.49 $ 19.78 $ 41,140
Hawaii 6,150 10.71 2.13 $ 38.85 $ 80,810
Montana 4,730 10.38 2.06 $ 22.39 $ 46,580
Nevada 12,670 10.13 2.01 $ 28.06 $ 58,360
South Dakota 3,970 9.64 1.92 $ 18.31 $ 38,090




Top paying states for Carpenters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 6,150 10.71 2.13 $ 38.85 $ 80,810
Illinois 26,300 4.67 0.93 $ 33.41 $ 69,490
New York 44,620 5.13 1.02 $ 32.27 $ 67,120
Alaska 2,010 6.77 1.35 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
New Jersey 13,930 3.68 0.73 $ 31.49 $ 65,500





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in 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 41,500 4.70 0.93 $ 34.16 $ 71,050
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 26,260 4.51 0.90 $ 32.37 $ 67,330
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 20,140 4.62 0.92 $ 34.74 $ 72,270
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 16,600 7.12 1.42 $ 36.44 $ 75,800
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 15,110 7.72 1.54 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 14,450 9.70 1.93 $ 26.58 $ 55,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 14,200 4.70 0.93 $ 24.98 $ 51,950
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 12,370 4.93 0.98 $ 20.93 $ 43,540
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 12,330 4.57 0.91 $ 30.86 $ 64,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 11,900 5.65 1.12 $ 23.50 $ 48,890




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coeur d'Alene, ID 1,150 18.98 3.78 $ 21.47 $ 44,660
Santa Rosa, CA 2,950 15.21 3.03 $ 35.33 $ 73,480
Boise City, ID 4,610 13.82 2.75 $ 18.39 $ 38,250
Yuba City, CA 610 13.73 2.73 $ 25.62 $ 53,290
Reno, NV 3,090 13.69 2.72 $ 25.23 $ 52,470
Rapid City, SD 870 13.69 2.72 $ 18.54 $ 38,560
Lake Charles, LA 1,350 13.23 2.63 $ 26.22 $ 54,540
Barnstable Town, MA 1,190 12.82 2.55 $ 27.90 $ 58,040
St. George, UT 860 12.47 2.48 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 820 12.21 2.43 $ 34.41 $ 71,570