Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

47-3012 Helpers—Carpenters

Help carpenters by performing duties of lesser skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Exclude apprentice workers and report them with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2221). Exclude construction laborers who do not primarily assist carpenters, and classify them under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061).

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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)
97,900 2.9 % $10.90 $22,670 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.23 $8.50 $10.34 $12.69 $15.37
Annual Wage (2) $15,040 $17,690 $21,510 $26,390 $31,970

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Residential building construction 38,180 $10.50 $21,840 1 23
Nonresidential building construction 17,930 $11.84 $24,630 2 9
Building foundation and exterior contractors 15,370 $10.87 $22,610 3 18
Building finishing contractors 11,290 $10.72 $22,290 4 19
Other specialty trade contractors 2,330 $11.84 $24,630 5 8

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Remediation and other waste services 90 $14.49 $30,150 22 1
Elementary and secondary schools 60 $13.23 $27,520 24 2
Highway, street, and bridge construction 1,390 $13.08 $27,210 7 3
Cement and concrete product manufacturing 40 $12.61 $26,230 29 4
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing 620 $12.52 $26,040 12 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Wyoming 680 $11.23 $23,360 0.283% 325
Arizona 6,100 $8.99 $18,700 0.272% 559
Vermont 710 $11.05 $22,980 0.242% 403
South Dakota 740 $8.44 $17,560 0.203% 457
Utah 2,050 $8.61 $17,920 0.196% 560

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 440 $15.36 $31,950 0.080% 300
Rhode Island 280 $14.79 $30,770 0.059% 307
New Jersey 3,270 $14.05 $29,210 0.085% 491
Alaska 180 $13.99 $29,090 0.063% 337
Massachusetts 1,480 $13.72 $28,530 0.046% 504

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Yuma, AZ MSA 260 $8.23 $17,120 0.508%
Alexandria, LA MSA 180 $11.07 $23,020 0.330%
Altoona, PA MSA 190 $9.68 $20,120 0.328%
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA 4,610 $9.17 $19,070 0.290%
Burlington, VT MSA 290 $11.88 $24,710 0.280%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 400 $17.70 $36,810 0.103%
Detroit, MI PMSA (6) $17.16 $35,700 (6)
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 110 $16.47 $34,260 0.045%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA (6) $16.28 $33,860 (6)
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA 40 $16.23 $33,760 0.026%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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