Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
40,160 2.9 % $13.20 $27,470 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.58 $10.10 $12.69 $15.78 $18.22
Annual Wage (2) $17,850 $21,020 $26,400 $32,820 $37,900


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 16,770 2.91 $13.09 $27,240
Nonresidential Building Construction 7,210 1.11 $14.32 $29,790
Building Finishing Contractors 5,790 0.92 $12.56 $26,120
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,790 0.56 $12.43 $25,860
Employment Services 810 0.03 $13.60 $28,290

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 16,770 2.91 $13.09 $27,240
Nonresidential Building Construction 7,210 1.11 $14.32 $29,790
Building Finishing Contractors 5,790 0.92 $12.56 $26,120
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,790 0.56 $12.43 $25,860
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction 240 0.24 $12.11 $25,200

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 50 (7) $15.90 $33,080
Rail Transportation 60 0.03 $15.60 $32,450
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 680 0.23 $14.90 $30,990
Utility System Construction 760 0.19 $14.36 $29,870
Nonresidential Building Construction 7,210 1.11 $14.32 $29,790


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 4,210 0.50 1.60 $13.98 $29,080
California 3,020 0.22 0.69 $15.35 $31,920
Texas 2,830 0.27 0.88 $12.14 $25,250
Virginia 2,440 0.69 2.19 $12.68 $26,380
North Carolina 1,790 0.47 1.50 $12.00 $24,970




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)
South Dakota 600 1.53 4.90 $10.04 $20,870
New Mexico 770 0.99 3.15 $13.02 $27,080
Louisiana 1,760 0.96 3.06 $11.27 $23,440
Wyoming 260 0.95 3.05 $14.01 $29,140
Vermont 250 0.87 2.76 $13.07 $27,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 260 0.45 1.45 $23.14 $48,120
Alaska 120 0.37 1.19 $19.98 $41,550
Rhode Island 150 0.33 1.04 $17.72 $36,850
Massachusetts 1,220 0.39 1.23 $17.71 $36,830
Washington 900 0.33 1.06 $16.35 $34,010





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 2,190 0.43 1.38 $14.79 $30,760
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,070 0.42 1.33 $12.22 $25,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 930 0.40 1.28 $13.99 $29,100
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 860 0.71 2.26 $14.71 $30,590
Baltimore-Towson, MD 820 0.65 2.08 $11.06 $23,010
Baton Rouge, LA 790 2.21 7.05 $11.88 $24,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 640 0.38 1.23 $18.28 $38,030
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 580 0.81 2.58 $11.68 $24,290
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 570 0.34 1.07 $14.14 $29,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 530 0.14 0.45 $16.31 $33,930




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)
Bismarck, ND 160 2.63 8.41 $13.15 $27,350
Rapid City, SD 150 2.56 8.17 $10.92 $22,710
Baton Rouge, LA 790 2.21 7.05 $11.88 $24,700
Las Cruces, NM 100 1.58 5.05 $9.57 $19,900
Lake Charles, LA 120 1.39 4.44 $12.04 $25,050
Charlottesville, VA 130 1.36 4.34 $13.00 $27,040
Manhattan, KS 70 1.31 4.18 $14.14 $29,410
Alexandria, LA 70 1.08 3.45 $10.45 $21,730
Sioux Falls, SD 140 1.07 3.43 $9.71 $20,190
Barnstable Town, MA 90 1.01 3.21 $16.21 $33,720




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 120 0.12 0.40 $24.91 $51,810
Honolulu, HI 220 0.52 1.66 $23.46 $48,810
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 260 0.19 0.60 $19.66 $40,900
Anchorage, AK 50 0.33 1.04 $19.32 $40,190
Akron, OH (8) (8) (8) $18.86 $39,230
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 640 0.38 1.23 $18.28 $38,030
Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, MA-NH NECTA Division 50 0.67 2.14 $18.08 $37,600
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 120 0.13 0.41 $18.05 $37,550
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 140 0.25 0.81 $17.77 $36,960
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 160 0.28 0.90 $17.76 $36,930

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)
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 2.72 8.67 $11.69 $24,310
Southeastern Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 180 1.12 3.58 $11.67 $24,260
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area 180 0.72 2.30 $9.32 $19,390
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 160 1.26 4.01 $10.27 $21,350
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 150 1.16 3.70 $9.60 $19,970

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)
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 180 2.72 8.67 $11.69 $24,310
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 90 2.64 8.44 $9.38 $19,510
North and West Central New Mexico nonmetropolitan area 110 1.69 5.39 $13.12 $27,300
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.59 5.09 $8.93 $18,560
East Central North Dakota 60 1.48 4.72 $11.47 $23,850

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 (8) (8) (8) $21.34 $44,380
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.43 1.37 $17.98 $37,400
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 70 0.63 2.02 $16.28 $33,860
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.91 $33,090
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $15.69 $32,620


About May 2011 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 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: March 27, 2012

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