Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

47-3012 Helpers--Carpenters

Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist carpenters are classified under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).


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)
33,740 2.9 % $14.95 $31,100 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.84 $11.65 $14.35 $17.54 $21.09
Annual Wage (2) $20,460 $24,230 $29,860 $36,490 $43,860


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 11,560 1.56 $14.67 $30,510
Building Finishing Contractors 5,450 0.69 $14.37 $29,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,350 0.69 $16.47 $34,260
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,890 0.56 $14.60 $30,360
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,430 0.22 $14.75 $30,670

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 11,560 1.56 $14.67 $30,510
Building Finishing Contractors 5,450 0.69 $14.37 $29,880
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,350 0.69 $16.47 $34,260
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,890 0.56 $14.60 $30,360
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,430 0.22 $14.75 $30,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Ship and Boat Building (8) (8) $19.61 $40,800
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $18.91 $39,330
Utility System Construction 720 0.14 $18.14 $37,730
Support Activities for Mining 70 0.02 $17.17 $35,710
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 60 (7) $17.07 $35,500


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)
Florida 3,210 0.38 1.61 $13.47 $28,010
Texas 3,160 0.27 1.12 $15.38 $32,000
California 3,150 0.19 0.80 $16.88 $35,120
Virginia 2,350 0.62 2.62 $14.35 $29,860
Louisiana 1,990 1.05 4.42 $14.88 $30,940




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)
Louisiana 1,990 1.05 4.42 $14.88 $30,940
Alaska 240 0.75 3.17 $18.18 $37,810
South Dakota 310 0.74 3.14 $12.52 $26,030
Rhode Island 320 0.68 2.88 $15.68 $32,620
Delaware 300 0.68 2.87 $14.05 $29,230




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 130 0.18 0.75 $18.85 $39,200
Alaska 240 0.75 3.17 $18.18 $37,810
Minnesota 600 0.21 0.89 $17.60 $36,610
Washington 580 0.18 0.77 $17.52 $36,450
Missouri 910 0.33 1.39 $17.45 $36,310



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,110 0.44 1.86 $15.58 $32,410
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,050 0.36 1.51 $17.00 $35,350
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 810 0.12 0.51 $16.81 $34,960
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 770 0.60 2.55 $11.73 $24,390
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 730 0.29 1.24 $14.56 $30,290
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 720 0.53 2.24 $14.44 $30,040
Baton Rouge, LA 700 1.78 7.52 $13.71 $28,520
St. Louis, MO-IL 660 0.49 2.07 $17.38 $36,150
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 580 0.13 0.55 $17.50 $36,390
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 540 0.33 1.41 $15.87 $33,020


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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)
Baton Rouge, LA 700 1.78 7.52 $13.71 $28,520
Lynchburg, VA 130 1.31 5.52 $11.77 $24,490
New Bedford, MA 80 1.17 4.92 $17.36 $36,110
Harrisonburg, VA 70 1.06 4.47 $12.28 $25,550
Anchorage, AK 170 1.00 4.21 $18.71 $38,910
Charlottesville, VA 110 0.97 4.12 $14.54 $30,230
Winchester, VA-WV 50 0.94 3.96 $13.15 $27,360
Dover, DE 60 0.94 3.96 $11.77 $24,480
Lafayette, LA 170 0.89 3.76 $12.13 $25,220
Rapid City, SD 60 0.87 3.67 $11.86 $24,680


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Rosa, CA 80 0.38 1.60 $22.45 $46,700
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $22.21 $46,200
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ (8) (8) (8) $21.41 $44,520
Salinas, CA 60 0.36 1.51 $20.79 $43,250
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 140 0.08 0.32 $20.41 $42,450
Columbus, OH 100 0.10 0.41 $19.83 $41,240
Fort Collins, CO (8) (8) (8) $19.74 $41,060
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 260 0.16 0.66 $19.51 $40,580
Anchorage, AK 170 1.00 4.21 $18.71 $38,910
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 200 0.18 0.77 $18.29 $38,050

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.88 3.73 $13.02 $27,090
South Georgia nonmetropolitan area 110 0.58 2.45 $10.71 $22,280
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 100 0.62 2.62 $11.93 $24,810
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 2.07 $17.08 $35,520
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 80 0.71 2.98 $13.69 $28,460

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 1.08 4.54 $12.74 $26,500
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.02 4.31 $17.84 $37,110
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.88 3.73 $13.02 $27,090
Northeast Maine nonmetropolitan area 60 0.79 3.36 $14.48 $30,110
Northeast Louisiana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.79 3.33 $12.39 $25,780

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.99 $39,510
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.02 4.31 $17.84 $37,110
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.50 $36,390
South Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $17.32 $36,040
South Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 80 0.49 2.07 $17.08 $35,520


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018