Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
617,060 0.8 % $21.92 $45,590 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.33 $15.40 $19.63 $26.78 $35.94
Annual Wage (2) $25,640 $32,030 $40,820 $55,710 $74,750


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 187,350 29.21 $20.56 $42,770
Nonresidential Building Construction 111,650 16.17 $23.92 $49,750
Building Finishing Contractors 98,020 14.10 $22.51 $46,820
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 72,670 9.64 $20.25 $42,120
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 15,150 2.57 $22.97 $47,780

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 187,350 29.21 $20.56 $42,770
Nonresidential Building Construction 111,650 16.17 $23.92 $49,750
Building Finishing Contractors 98,020 14.10 $22.51 $46,820
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 72,670 9.64 $20.25 $42,120
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 5,380 5.15 $25.51 $53,070

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 1,520 0.40 $32.32 $67,230
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 110 0.06 $31.72 $65,970
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 80 0.02 $31.04 $64,570
Spectator Sports 210 0.15 $30.64 $63,730
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 130 0.02 $30.60 $63,640


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 73,040 4.83 1.06 $25.63 $53,300
New York 46,400 5.27 1.15 $28.59 $59,460
Florida 35,220 4.60 1.01 $17.06 $35,480
Texas 34,670 3.09 0.68 $16.38 $34,070
Pennsylvania 33,530 5.93 1.30 $22.12 $46,010



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)
Wyoming 3,060 10.82 2.37 $20.61 $42,860
South Dakota 4,020 9.83 2.15 $15.96 $33,190
Vermont 2,790 9.28 2.03 $20.05 $41,700
Alaska 2,780 8.54 1.87 $31.81 $66,150
Nevada 9,520 8.00 1.75 $23.46 $48,800



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 4,480 7.31 1.60 $32.15 $66,880
Alaska 2,780 8.54 1.87 $31.81 $66,150
New York 46,400 5.27 1.15 $28.59 $59,460
Illinois 22,940 3.98 0.87 $27.33 $56,860
New Jersey 15,350 3.97 0.87 $27.14 $56,450




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 23,670 4.39 0.96 $32.32 $67,220
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 12,860 3.43 0.75 $30.94 $64,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 12,810 3.16 0.69 $26.08 $54,250
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 10,720 8.50 1.86 $29.71 $61,810
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 10,450 4.39 0.96 $22.41 $46,620
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 10,260 3.61 0.79 $16.69 $34,710
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 10,190 6.83 1.50 $26.09 $54,270
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 9,750 5.24 1.15 $26.27 $54,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 9,430 7.54 1.65 $23.01 $47,860
Pittsburgh, PA 8,650 7.66 1.68 $22.79 $47,390