|Quick Facts: Woodworkers|
$36,710 per year
$17.65 per hour
|High school diploma or equivalent|
|See How to Become One|
|3% (Slower than average)|
What Woodworkers Do
Woodworkers manufacture a variety of products, such as cabinets and furniture, using wood, veneers, and laminates.
Most woodworkers are employed in manufacturing industries. Although their working conditions vary, woodworkers may encounter machinery noise and wood dust.
How to Become a Woodworker
A high school diploma or equivalent is typically required to become a woodworker. Although some entry-level jobs may be learned in 1 month or less, becoming proficient typically requires several months to more than a year of on-the-job training. The ability to use computer-controlled machinery also is important.
The median annual wage for woodworkers was $36,710 in May 2021.
Overall employment of woodworkers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 27,200 openings for woodworkers 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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More Information, Including Links to O*NET
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