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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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 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)
734,170 0.8 % $25.41 $52,850 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.51 $17.86 $23.24 $30.31 $40.72
Annual Wage (2) $30,170 $37,140 $48,330 $63,050 $84,690


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 213,340 26.35 $23.77 $49,440
Nonresidential Building Construction 128,120 15.36 $27.75 $57,720
Building Finishing Contractors 124,690 14.85 $26.62 $55,370
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 99,660 10.65 $24.71 $51,390
Employment Services 17,360 0.47 $22.82 $47,470

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 213,340 26.35 $23.77 $49,440
Nonresidential Building Construction 128,120 15.36 $27.75 $57,720
Building Finishing Contractors 124,690 14.85 $26.62 $55,370
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 99,660 10.65 $24.71 $51,390
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 7,990 6.50 $27.09 $56,340

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 40 0.03 $39.03 $81,190
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 50 0.01 $36.88 $76,720
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 450 0.03 $36.77 $76,480
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 900 0.58 $36.21 $75,310
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,610 0.61 $35.78 $74,420


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 106,300 6.12 1.22 $29.70 $61,780
New York 52,640 5.53 1.11 $31.66 $65,850
Florida 45,550 5.18 1.04 $19.71 $40,990
Texas 41,230 3.32 0.66 $19.84 $41,270
Pennsylvania 31,290 5.30 1.06 $26.35 $54,810




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)
Idaho 7,930 10.90 2.18 $18.97 $39,450
Montana 4,640 9.91 1.98 $22.05 $45,870
Hawaii 6,170 9.72 1.94 $36.98 $76,930
South Dakota 4,050 9.52 1.90 $17.88 $37,190
Wyoming 2,550 9.34 1.87 $24.45 $50,860




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 6,170 9.72 1.94 $36.98 $76,930
New Jersey 15,150 3.71 0.74 $32.31 $67,200
Illinois 26,550 4.41 0.88 $32.08 $66,720
Alaska 2,130 6.72 1.35 $31.74 $66,020
New York 52,640 5.53 1.11 $31.66 $65,850





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 48,240 5.00 1.00 $34.15 $71,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 26,610 4.27 0.85 $30.71 $63,870
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 20,120 4.30 0.86 $33.74 $70,190
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 18,490 7.48 1.50 $34.37 $71,490
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 15,460 7.65 1.53 $32.88 $68,400
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 15,440 10.04 2.01 $25.55 $53,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 14,720 4.63 0.93 $23.91 $49,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 14,210 4.66 0.93 $21.37 $44,450
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 13,890 4.83 0.97 $30.42 $63,270
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 12,750 4.56 0.91 $30.75 $63,960