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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
668,060 1.0 % $ 26.53 $ 55,190 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Carpenters:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 15.33 $ 18.38 $ 23.20 $ 29.80 $ 38.92
Annual Wage (2) $ 31,880 $ 38,240 $ 48,260 $ 61,980 $ 80,940


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 209,480 24.92 $ 24.94 $ 51,880
Building Finishing Contractors 112,370 13.89 $ 27.59 $ 57,390
Nonresidential Building Construction 110,540 14.20 $ 29.84 $ 62,060
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 95,230 10.20 $ 26.39 $ 54,900
Employment Services 15,120 0.43 $ 22.03 $ 45,820

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 209,480 24.92 $ 24.94 $ 51,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 110,540 14.20 $ 29.84 $ 62,060
Building Finishing Contractors 112,370 13.89 $ 27.59 $ 57,390
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 95,230 10.20 $ 26.39 $ 54,900
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 9,910 4.24 $ 18.99 $ 39,500

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 30 0.01 $ 41.57 $ 86,460
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 60 0.02 $ 38.58 $ 80,240
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 90 0.02 $ 37.93 $ 78,890
Educational Support Services 130 0.07 $ 36.21 $ 75,320
Motion Picture and Video Industries 510 0.16 $ 36.08 $ 75,040


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.



Map of employment of carpenters by state, May 2021


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 100,950 6.11 1.29 $ 31.57 $ 65,670
Florida 45,040 5.23 1.10 $ 21.14 $ 43,980
New York 41,290 4.76 1.00 $ 31.94 $ 66,420
Texas 33,510 2.74 0.58 $ 21.52 $ 44,760
Pennsylvania 27,560 4.94 1.04 $ 25.71 $ 53,470


Map of location quotient of carpenters by state, May 2021


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 9,120 12.04 2.54 $ 20.09 $ 41,780
Hawaii 5,670 10.34 2.18 $ 38.08 $ 79,200
South Dakota 4,270 10.13 2.14 $ 19.36 $ 40,260
Wyoming 2,580 9.91 2.09 $ 25.45 $ 52,930
Vermont 2,730 9.62 2.03 $ 24.21 $ 50,350


Map of annual mean wages of carpenters by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Carpenters:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 5,670 10.34 2.18 $ 38.08 $ 79,200
New Jersey 14,960 3.89 0.82 $ 34.40 $ 71,550
Alaska 2,280 7.71 1.63 $ 32.78 $ 68,180
Illinois 22,840 4.06 0.86 $ 31.99 $ 66,530
New York 41,290 4.76 1.00 $ 31.94 $ 66,420



Map of employment of carpenters by area, May 2021


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 38,770 4.47 0.94 $ 34.58 $ 71,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 29,570 5.17 1.09 $ 30.58 $ 63,610
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 16,550 3.91 0.82 $ 33.35 $ 69,370
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 15,260 7.96 1.68 $ 33.71 $ 70,110
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 14,930 9.76 2.06 $ 28.56 $ 59,400
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 12,980 5.02 1.06 $ 32.40 $ 67,390
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 12,940 5.77 1.22 $ 37.64 $ 78,280
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 12,590 5.13 1.08 $ 22.13 $ 46,020
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 12,050 4.11 0.87 $ 26.98 $ 56,120
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 11,700 6.42 1.35 $ 29.06 $ 60,450


Map of location quotient of carpenters by area, May 2021


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 940 14.36 3.03 $ 20.55 $ 42,750
Rapid City, SD 920 13.75 2.90 $ 19.29 $ 40,120
Barnstable Town, MA 1,300 13.46 2.84 $ 27.40 $ 57,000
Bend-Redmond, OR 1,090 13.06 2.75 $ 24.28 $ 50,510
Boise City, ID 4,320 12.69 2.68 $ 19.72 $ 41,030
Bellingham, WA 980 11.92 2.51 $ 31.31 $ 65,130
St. George, UT 830 11.00 2.32 $ 21.36 $ 44,430
Santa Rosa, CA 2,100 10.92 2.30 $ 35.07 $ 72,940
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 930 10.73 2.26 $ 29.05 $ 60,420
Longview, TX 960 10.68 2.25 $ 20.49 $ 42,620