Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

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).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
98,180 3.1 % $10.93 $22,740 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.28 $8.61 $10.37 $12.70 $15.47
Annual Wage (2) $15,130 $17,910 $21,570 $26,430 $32,180

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 38,790 $10.54 $21,920 1 22
Nonresidential building construction 17,070 $11.86 $24,670 2 10
Building foundation and exterior contractors 15,470 $11.19 $23,270 3 14
Building finishing contractors 10,880 $10.71 $22,280 4 19
Other specialty trade contractors 2,080 $11.88 $24,710 5 9

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 50 $14.04 $29,200 25 1
Remediation and other waste services 110 $13.98 $29,080 19 2
Rail transportation 30 $12.86 $26,750 30 3
Local government (OES designation) 180 $12.81 $26,640 16 4
Machinery and equipment rental and leasing 900 $12.13 $25,240 10 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 750 $11.14 $23,180 0.311% 361
Arizona 5,910 $8.90 $18,520 0.261% 612
Vermont 700 $11.02 $22,920 0.241% 414
South Dakota 760 $8.44 $17,550 0.214% 457
Delaware 850 $10.19 $21,200 0.211% 453

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Rhode Island 170 $15.59 $32,430 0.036% 311
Alaska 180 $14.46 $30,080 0.062% 374
Massachusetts 1,590 $13.80 $28,710 0.050% 545
Hawaii 320 $13.71 $28,520 0.058% 362
New Jersey 2,540 $13.57 $28,220 0.066% 538

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
Billings, MT MSA 260 $10.58 $22,010 0.386%
Jacksonville, NC MSA 130 $8.29 $17,230 0.360%
Cheyenne, WY MSA 120 $10.21 $21,240 0.325%
Burlington, VT MSA 320 $11.60 $24,120 0.305%
Phoenix-Mesa, AZ MSA 4,350 $8.99 $18,710 0.272%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Detroit, MI PMSA (6) $17.67 $36,760 (6)
Danbury, CT PMSA (6) $17.53 $36,450 (6)
Monmouth-Ocean, NJ PMSA 310 $17.42 $36,230 0.078%
Lawrence, MA-NH PMSA (6) $16.07 $33,420 (6)
Jersey City, NJ PMSA 100 $15.85 $32,960 0.041%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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