Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
578,910 0.8 % $21.31 $44,330 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.96 $15.01 $19.24 $26.23 $34.56
Annual Wage (2) $24,880 $31,230 $40,010 $54,560 $71,890


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 174,790 30.30 $19.86 $41,310
Nonresidential Building Construction 109,170 16.78 $23.23 $48,330
Building Finishing Contractors 88,110 13.97 $22.13 $46,030
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 60,870 8.98 $20.11 $41,820
Employment Services 15,540 0.53 $19.91 $41,420

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 174,790 30.30 $19.86 $41,310
Nonresidential Building Construction 109,170 16.78 $23.23 $48,330
Building Finishing Contractors 88,110 13.97 $22.13 $46,030
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 60,870 8.98 $20.11 $41,820
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 5,000 5.14 $22.01 $45,770

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,330 0.38 $32.33 $67,240
Investigation and Security Services 50 0.01 $29.51 $61,390
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $28.97 $60,260
Scientific Research and Development Services 290 0.05 $27.96 $58,160
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution (8) (8) $27.74 $57,710


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 56,480 4.02 0.89 $27.19 $56,550
New York 45,380 5.38 1.19 $26.07 $54,220
Pennsylvania 35,030 6.31 1.40 $20.37 $42,370
Texas 30,120 2.92 0.65 $15.82 $32,910
Florida 29,220 4.09 0.91 $17.54 $36,490




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)
Alaska 3,320 10.61 2.35 $29.98 $62,350
South Dakota 3,730 9.49 2.10 $15.15 $31,520
Vermont 2,750 9.46 2.10 $20.08 $41,770
Wyoming 2,530 9.28 2.06 $19.66 $40,890
Montana 3,780 8.89 1.97 $17.36 $36,120




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 4,520 7.83 1.74 $32.19 $66,950
Alaska 3,320 10.61 2.35 $29.98 $62,350
California 56,480 4.02 0.89 $27.19 $56,550
Massachusetts 13,390 4.24 0.94 $26.91 $55,970
Nevada 7,000 6.29 1.39 $26.86 $55,880





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-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 22,360 4.42 0.98 $29.57 $61,500
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 16,260 4.54 1.01 $25.37 $52,780
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 10,790 5.94 1.32 $23.32 $48,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 9,710 4.20 0.93 $21.54 $44,810
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 9,630 7.96 1.76 $28.31 $58,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 9,530 2.49 0.55 $25.79 $53,650
St. Louis, MO-IL 8,670 6.83 1.51 $25.93 $53,930
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 8,550 6.24 1.38 $25.62 $53,280
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 8,490 3.33 0.74 $17.02 $35,400
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 8,040 4.73 1.05 $19.96 $41,520