Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
639,190 0.8 % $22.49 $46,780 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.61 $15.78 $20.24 $27.39 $36.90
Annual Wage (2) $26,220 $32,810 $42,090 $56,970 $76,750


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 192,580 28.30 $20.93 $43,530
Nonresidential Building Construction 113,310 15.65 $24.65 $51,270
Building Finishing Contractors 103,120 14.18 $23.71 $49,310
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 78,600 9.85 $20.65 $42,960
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 17,710 2.86 $23.18 $48,220

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 192,580 28.30 $20.93 $43,530
Nonresidential Building Construction 113,310 15.65 $24.65 $51,270
Building Finishing Contractors 103,120 14.18 $23.71 $49,310
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 78,600 9.85 $20.65 $42,960
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 6,170 5.63 $26.44 $54,990

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 70 0.02 $32.79 $68,200
Lessors of Real Estate 2,940 0.51 $32.38 $67,350
Motion Picture and Video Industries 1,930 0.49 $31.43 $65,380
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 30 0.03 $31.16 $64,820
Spectator Sports 190 0.14 $31.15 $64,790


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 82,540 5.33 1.15 $26.06 $54,200
New York 47,960 5.34 1.15 $29.18 $60,700
Florida 36,620 4.62 1.00 $17.43 $36,260
Texas 35,750 3.09 0.67 $17.44 $36,270
Pennsylvania 31,420 5.50 1.19 $22.86 $47,540



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 3,190 11.25 2.43 $21.54 $44,790
Vermont 3,040 10.01 2.16 $20.62 $42,890
South Dakota 3,940 9.53 2.06 $16.31 $33,920
Montana 4,000 8.94 1.93 $20.42 $42,480
Nebraska 7,420 7.78 1.68 $16.91 $35,170



Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 2,540 7.76 1.67 $32.69 $67,990
Hawaii 4,320 6.96 1.50 $32.10 $66,760
New York 47,960 5.34 1.15 $29.18 $60,700
New Jersey 16,560 4.24 0.91 $28.21 $58,680
Massachusetts 15,900 4.68 1.01 $28.06 $58,370




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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 28,620 4.42 0.95 $32.53 $67,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 14,540 3.54 0.76 $25.74 $53,530
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 12,000 3.36 0.72 $31.04 $64,560
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 11,730 7.63 1.65 $26.81 $55,760
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 11,630 8.88 1.92 $23.06 $47,970
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 11,030 8.64 1.86 $29.84 $62,070
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 10,410 3.55 0.77 $18.17 $37,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 10,230 4.23 0.91 $22.16 $46,100
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 9,080 3.66 0.79 $19.77 $41,110
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 8,740 5.73 1.24 $24.95 $51,890