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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $14.14/hr
Median: $20.17/hr
Experienced: $26.58/hr

Current Employment
1,610 (2019)

Projected Employment
1,628 (2030)

Growth for Carpenters

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Carpenters

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Residential Remodelers27717.2%20.2%
Commercial and Institutional Building Construction20012.4%12.5%
New Single-Family Housing Construction (except For-Sale Builders) 1127%20.4%
Finish Carpentry Contractors 1106.8%17.2%
Site Preparation Contractor815%9.1%

Occupational Skills

  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment
  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters’ hand or power tools