Salary for Carpenters

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Also known as:  Beam Builder, Building Carpenter, Construction Carpenter, Counter Installer, Custom Wood Stair Builder, Finish Carpenter, Hardwood Floor Installer, House Carpenter, Wood Floor Layer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Carpenters build, maintain and repair framework and building structures, such as stairways, rafters and doorframes. They normally work with wood and other similar materials. Carpenters can work in many different areas of the construction field, so their work can be physically demanding and tiresome. Adverse weather conditions and an unsafe work environment are just two of the causes of this. Carpenters most often learn their trade from a formal apprenticeship program. However, some trade schools do provide more in-depth carpentry programs. There are other carpenters who have no formal training at all, and simply learned their skills informally in their first few months of work.

A Carpenter earns salaries somewhere between $31,200 - $87,410 depending on experience. will most likely receive a wage of fifty-four thousand two hundred dollars every year.

receive the highest salary in Hawaii, which has an average salary rate of close to $80,810. People in this career receive the best pay in Information, where they receive normal pay levels of $73,350.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 42.53 percent nationwide in that time.


Carpenters tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Other Services (except Public Administration)
Retail Trade
Finance and Insurance
Wholesale Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services