Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
676,980 0.8 % $23.24 $48,340 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.02 $16.24 $20.96 $28.22 $38.21
Annual Wage (2) $27,070 $33,770 $43,600 $58,700 $79,480


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 205,510 28.73 $21.83 $45,420
Nonresidential Building Construction 118,680 15.65 $25.32 $52,670
Building Finishing Contractors 110,510 14.42 $24.22 $50,370
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 87,990 10.41 $21.68 $45,090
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 18,140 2.83 $24.55 $51,070

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 205,510 28.73 $21.83 $45,420
Nonresidential Building Construction 118,680 15.65 $25.32 $52,670
Building Finishing Contractors 110,510 14.42 $24.22 $50,370
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 87,990 10.41 $21.68 $45,090
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 6,250 5.64 $27.32 $56,820

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 30 0.03 $41.00 $85,290
Lessors of Real Estate 2,910 0.50 $35.45 $73,730
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $33.68 $70,060
Electronics and Appliance Stores 50 0.01 $31.78 $66,110
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 80 0.03 $31.77 $66,070


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 91,780 5.75 1.19 $26.82 $55,780
New York 48,220 5.30 1.10 $29.76 $61,900
Florida 41,610 5.06 1.05 $18.84 $39,190
Texas 36,870 3.14 0.65 $18.27 $38,000
Pennsylvania 30,620 5.33 1.11 $23.37 $48,600




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 3,030 10.98 2.28 $22.60 $47,000
Vermont 3,130 10.28 2.13 $21.48 $44,670
South Dakota 4,110 9.84 2.04 $16.81 $34,950
Montana 4,270 9.39 1.95 $19.41 $40,360
Nebraska 7,940 8.21 1.70 $17.71 $36,840




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,350 7.27 1.51 $33.64 $69,970
Hawaii 5,190 8.21 1.70 $33.15 $68,960
Illinois 24,720 4.19 0.87 $29.99 $62,380
New York 48,220 5.30 1.10 $29.76 $61,900
New Jersey 16,840 4.26 0.88 $29.03 $60,380





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 29,600 4.49 0.93 $33.16 $68,980
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 15,520 3.68 0.76 $25.94 $53,950
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 13,760 3.78 0.78 $32.61 $67,830
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 12,900 9.47 1.96 $23.21 $48,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 12,500 7.87 1.63 $28.93 $60,170
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 11,450 4.48 0.93 $20.60 $42,850
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 11,280 3.84 0.80 $19.42 $40,390
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 10,720 8.33 1.73 $30.74 $63,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 10,020 4.02 0.83 $23.26 $48,390
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 9,600 6.14 1.27 $25.37 $52,770