Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-3012 Helpers--Carpenters

Help carpenters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist carpenters are classified under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
46,910 2.5 % $12.93 $26,890 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.47 $10.01 $12.38 $15.28 $17.96
Annual Wage (2) $17,610 $20,810 $25,760 $31,780 $37,370


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 19,330 3.27 $12.76 $26,530
Nonresidential Building Construction 8,600 1.30 $14.15 $29,440
Building Finishing Contractors 6,910 1.04 $12.27 $25,530
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 5,380 0.75 $12.41 $25,820
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 880 0.29 $14.26 $29,650

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Residential Building Construction 19,330 3.27 $12.76 $26,530
Nonresidential Building Construction 8,600 1.30 $14.15 $29,440
Building Finishing Contractors 6,910 1.04 $12.27 $25,530
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 5,380 0.75 $12.41 $25,820
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 340 0.35 $11.75 $24,430

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
General Rental Centers 60 0.16 $16.64 $34,610
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $15.49 $32,210
Utility System Construction 660 0.17 $14.63 $30,420
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 880 0.29 $14.26 $29,650
Nonresidential Building Construction 8,600 1.30 $14.15 $29,440


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,670 0.56 1.52 $12.84 $26,700
Texas 3,230 0.32 0.87 $11.81 $24,570
California 3,000 0.21 0.58 $15.71 $32,670
Virginia 2,700 0.77 2.07 $12.77 $26,550
North Carolina 2,120 0.56 1.52 $11.75 $24,440




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 500 1.85 5.02 $14.94 $31,070
South Dakota 530 1.37 3.71 $9.81 $20,400
Montana 470 1.11 3.01 $14.31 $29,770
New Mexico 850 1.09 2.96 $12.40 $25,790
Vermont 310 1.09 2.95 $13.22 $27,500




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 120 0.38 1.02 $19.04 $39,610
Hawaii 260 0.46 1.24 $18.52 $38,510
Massachusetts 1,020 0.33 0.89 $17.45 $36,310
New Hampshire 190 0.32 0.86 $15.93 $33,130
Rhode Island 240 0.54 1.46 $15.73 $32,710

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,400 0.48 1.31 $12.95 $26,930
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.58 1.56 $14.39 $29,930
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,080 0.43 1.17 $12.61 $26,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 990 0.59 1.59 $14.44 $30,040
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 950 0.79 2.15 $13.80 $28,700
Baltimore-Towson, MD 800 0.65 1.75 $11.16 $23,200
Baton Rouge, LA 660 1.86 5.05 $11.16 $23,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 470 0.22 0.58 $13.45 $27,980
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 470 0.28 0.77 $19.86 $41,300
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 460 0.12 0.33 $14.04 $29,210




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cheyenne, WY 100 2.51 6.80 $15.50 $32,240
Logan, UT-ID 120 2.43 6.57 $10.26 $21,350
Rapid City, SD 130 2.23 6.04 $11.08 $23,040
Danville, VA 70 1.96 5.31 $11.02 $22,930
Lake Charles, LA 170 1.92 5.20 $11.81 $24,570
Baton Rouge, LA 660 1.86 5.05 $11.16 $23,210
Bismarck, ND 110 1.81 4.92 $12.37 $25,740
Las Cruces, NM 110 1.73 4.68 $9.74 $20,250
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 70 1.72 4.67 $15.83 $32,920
Lynchburg, VA 160 1.59 4.31 $12.72 $26,460




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.21 0.56 $24.73 $51,440
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 470 0.28 0.77 $19.86 $41,300
Anchorage, AK 50 0.30 0.80 $19.22 $39,990
Fairbanks, AK 40 1.08 2.93 $18.87 $39,250
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 210 0.22 0.59 $18.36 $38,180
Honolulu, HI 190 0.46 1.25 $18.07 $37,590
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 450 0.13 0.34 $17.54 $36,490
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA (8) (8) (8) $17.51 $36,410
Salinas, CA 30 0.20 0.55 $17.44 $36,280
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $17.12 $35,610

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 240 1.32 3.58 $13.03 $27,100
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 210 1.16 3.15 $13.19 $27,430
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.75 2.04 $9.32 $19,380
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 180 1.56 4.23 $15.57 $32,390
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 170 0.93 2.51 $11.34 $23,580

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 140 3.48 9.42 $14.56 $30,290
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 3.01 8.16 $13.63 $28,360
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.64 7.16 $9.26 $19,270
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 160 2.43 6.58 $10.55 $21,930
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.99 5.39 $15.90 $33,070

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.45 1.23 $19.77 $41,130
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.39 $34,090
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 120 1.99 5.39 $15.90 $33,070
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.81 $32,880
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.57 $32,390


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011

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