Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
718,730 0.8 % $24.58 $51,120 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.87 $17.22 $22.40 $29.58 $39.78
Annual Wage (2) $28,860 $35,820 $46,590 $61,530 $82,750


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 212,690 27.32 $22.91 $47,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 124,490 15.40 $26.90 $55,940
Building Finishing Contractors 116,830 14.36 $25.64 $53,340
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 101,140 11.08 $24.01 $49,930
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 17,230 2.51 $25.92 $53,920

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 212,690 27.32 $22.91 $47,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 124,490 15.40 $26.90 $55,940
Building Finishing Contractors 116,830 14.36 $25.64 $53,340
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 101,140 11.08 $24.01 $49,930
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 7,780 6.61 $27.11 $56,400

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 $39.65 $82,470
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $37.22 $77,420
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 860 0.57 $35.28 $73,380
Scientific Research and Development Services 210 0.03 $32.50 $67,610
Motion Picture and Video Industries 2,270 0.55 $32.40 $67,390


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 100,570 5.91 1.19 $28.78 $59,860
New York 50,200 5.35 1.08 $30.23 $62,880
Florida 47,350 5.50 1.11 $19.55 $40,660
Texas 38,530 3.18 0.64 $19.41 $40,370
Pennsylvania 29,200 4.99 1.01 $25.70 $53,450




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 7,530 10.66 2.15 $18.63 $38,760
Montana 4,550 9.82 1.98 $20.43 $42,480
South Dakota 4,130 9.78 1.97 $17.47 $36,340
Wyoming 2,580 9.58 1.93 $23.44 $48,750
Vermont 2,730 8.95 1.80 $21.44 $44,590




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 5,590 8.71 1.75 $35.13 $73,070
Illinois 26,970 4.50 0.91 $31.87 $66,280
Alaska 2,110 6.70 1.35 $31.85 $66,240
New Jersey 15,960 3.94 0.79 $30.40 $63,230
New York 50,200 5.35 1.08 $30.23 $62,880





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 46,190 4.86 0.98 $32.57 $67,750
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 24,670 4.03 0.81 $28.88 $60,080
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 20,810 4.48 0.90 $33.87 $70,440
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 17,620 7.28 1.47 $33.07 $68,790
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 16,380 8.25 1.66 $31.41 $65,330
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 15,630 10.47 2.11 $26.00 $54,080
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 13,780 4.40 0.89 $23.78 $49,460
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 13,770 4.62 0.93 $20.56 $42,770
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 13,220 4.79 0.96 $30.24 $62,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 13,020 4.57 0.92 $29.73 $61,830