Occupation Snapshot | Carpenters, 2016-2020 | January 2022
Carpenters 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), wood stairways, window/door frames, and hardwood floors. They may also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation.
As of May 2020, there were 699,300 people employed in this occupation. The average hourly wage was $26.06, and the average annual wage was $54,200.
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses
In private industry for carpenters, there were 11,960 nonfatal injury and illness cases involving days away from work in 2020. The incidence rate per 10,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers was 202.7.
Fatal occupational injuries
Fatal work injuries totaled 79 for carpenters during 2020, compared to 99 during 2019.
Wage and employment estimates come from the Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics (OEWS) program. Injury and illness information come from the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) and Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). For more information on SOII program concepts, see the definitions page and the SOII Handbook of Methods. For more information on CFOI program concepts, see the definitions page and the CFOI Handbook of Methods.
Last Modified Date: February 11, 2022