Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, November 2004

47-2031 Carpenters

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Include brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways to control the proper circulation of air through the passageways and to the working places.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
913,130 1.0 % $18.39 $38,250 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.49 $13.06 $16.90 $22.77 $28.83
Annual Wage (2) $21,810 $27,170 $35,140 $47,350 $59,980

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Residential building construction 275,830 $17.86 $37,150
Building foundation and exterior contractors 149,190 $17.84 $37,110
Nonresidential building construction 146,530 $20.37 $42,360
Building finishing contractors 126,470 $19.40 $40,360
Employment services 29,230 $15.58 $32,400

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Motion picture and video industries 210 $29.15 $60,640
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 370 $26.95 $56,060
Travel arrangement and reservation services 30 $26.35 $54,820
Misc. durable goods merchant wholesalers (7) $26.11 $54,320
Power generation and supply 150 $25.05 $52,100

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
Nevada 17,970 $19.48 $40,510 1.557%
Vermont 3,480 $16.58 $34,480 1.175%
Montana 4,780 $16.34 $33,990 1.169%
Alaska 3,330 $25.59 $53,230 1.126%
Utah 12,050 $15.24 $31,700 1.119%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Alaska 3,330 $25.59 $53,230 1.126%
Hawaii 4,230 $25.21 $52,430 0.737%
Illinois 38,880 $23.31 $48,480 0.677%
New Jersey 21,290 $22.70 $47,210 0.546%
Massachusetts 20,650 $22.44 $46,680 0.660%

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
Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, CA PMSA 3,840 $23.96 $49,840 2.056%
Riverside-San Bernardino, CA PMSA 20,710 $19.55 $40,670 1.764%
Reno, NV MSA 3,450 $20.22 $42,050 1.666%
Las Vegas, NV-AZ MSA 14,190 $19.36 $40,270 1.608%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 3,100 $14.73 $30,630 1.548%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Jose, CA PMSA 4,050 $27.58 $57,360 0.475%
Honolulu, HI MSA 2,950 $25.35 $52,720 0.702%
Oakland, CA PMSA 12,030 $25.28 $52,580 1.195%
Danbury, CT PMSA 720 $25.04 $52,080 0.789%
Chicago, IL PMSA 27,760 $24.89 $51,770 0.695%

About November 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimate not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 9, 2005

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