Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

47-2031 Carpenters

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, 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)
693,050 0.8 % $23.86 $49,630 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.36 $16.70 $21.71 $28.93 $38.63
Annual Wage (2) $27,790 $34,740 $45,170 $60,180 $80,350


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 207,180 28.04 $22.43 $46,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 119,030 15.24 $25.99 $54,060
Building Finishing Contractors 115,750 14.68 $25.18 $52,380
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 96,600 10.99 $22.53 $46,870
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 16,400 2.49 $25.85 $53,760

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 207,180 28.04 $22.43 $46,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 119,030 15.24 $25.99 $54,060
Building Finishing Contractors 115,750 14.68 $25.18 $52,380
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 96,600 10.99 $22.53 $46,870
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 6,060 5.45 $28.14 $58,530

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 30 0.03 $37.35 $77,690
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $36.48 $75,890
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 790 0.57 $33.93 $70,560
Electronics and Appliance Stores 80 0.02 $33.55 $69,780
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 90 0.02 $32.56 $67,730


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 96,460 5.78 1.19 $27.51 $57,220
New York 47,220 5.13 1.05 $30.11 $62,640
Florida 42,520 5.05 1.04 $19.05 $39,620
Texas 37,520 3.15 0.65 $19.21 $39,960
Pennsylvania 28,440 4.92 1.01 $24.41 $50,770




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)
Wyoming 2,760 10.29 2.12 $23.53 $48,940
South Dakota 4,100 9.79 2.01 $17.20 $35,770
Montana 4,300 9.33 1.92 $21.11 $43,900
Idaho 6,300 9.18 1.89 $17.53 $36,460
Vermont 2,780 9.11 1.87 $20.77 $43,200




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 5,340 8.43 1.73 $34.41 $71,570
Alaska 2,170 6.81 1.40 $33.43 $69,540
Illinois 25,200 4.25 0.87 $30.53 $63,510
New York 47,220 5.13 1.05 $30.11 $62,640
New Jersey 16,360 4.08 0.84 $29.52 $61,390



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 28,080 4.19 0.86 $33.01 $68,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 16,160 3.65 0.75 $25.73 $53,530
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 14,420 3.94 0.81 $33.34 $69,340
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 13,960 9.73 2.00 $24.69 $51,360
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 12,980 7.88 1.62 $29.80 $61,990
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 12,850 4.39 0.90 $20.46 $42,560
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 12,740 4.86 1.00 $23.50 $48,890
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 10,660 8.18 1.68 $31.94 $66,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 10,280 5.32 1.09 $25.83 $53,720
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 10,010 8.65 1.78 $25.33 $52,690


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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 2,190 19.57 4.02 $28.55 $59,390
Bend-Redmond, OR 1,230 15.69 3.23 $19.51 $40,570
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 1,660 14.42 2.97 $34.60 $71,970
Coeur d'Alene, ID 840 14.06 2.89 $18.52 $38,510
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