Carpenters

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit66.32%
  2. Self-employed29.46%
  3. State and local government1.70%
  4. Private, not for profit1.40%
  5. Federal government0.73%

Job Outlook

Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 2 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations. Despite limited employment growth, about 89,300 openings for carpenters are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$49,520

State-by-state Salary

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$78,600
$31,600
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Education

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Knowledge

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Education and Training
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