Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2014

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)
38,900 3.2 % $13.40 $27,870 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.96 $10.45 $12.79 $15.63 $18.56
Annual Wage (2) $18,640 $21,740 $26,600 $32,520 $38,610


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 14,950 2.33 $12.85 $26,740
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,650 0.96 $14.84 $30,870
Building Finishing Contractors 5,450 0.78 $13.15 $27,360
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,930 0.65 $13.12 $27,280
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,940 0.33 $12.75 $26,510

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 14,950 2.33 $12.85 $26,740
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,650 0.96 $14.84 $30,870
Building Finishing Contractors 5,450 0.78 $13.15 $27,360
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 4,930 0.65 $13.12 $27,280
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,940 0.33 $12.75 $26,510

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 400 0.13 $16.95 $35,260
Utility System Construction 730 0.16 $16.49 $34,310
Performing Arts Companies 30 0.03 $15.49 $32,230
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $15.46 $32,150
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,650 0.96 $14.84 $30,870


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)
Texas 4,960 0.44 1.53 $13.31 $27,680
New York 3,200 0.36 1.26 $12.79 $26,600
Virginia 2,500 0.68 2.38 $12.97 $26,980
California 2,180 0.14 0.50 $14.94 $31,070
Maryland 1,830 0.72 2.49 $12.60 $26,200




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 630 1.54 5.35 $9.80 $20,370
Louisiana 1,780 0.93 3.22 $12.82 $26,660
Alaska 300 0.93 3.23 $18.33 $38,130
Montana 350 0.80 2.78 $12.83 $26,680
Vermont 220 0.74 2.56 $14.67 $30,520




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 310 0.50 1.74 $19.22 $39,970
Alaska 300 0.93 3.23 $18.33 $38,130
Massachusetts 1,240 0.37 1.29 $16.85 $35,050
Connecticut 390 0.24 0.82 $16.81 $34,970
Minnesota 730 0.27 0.92 $16.36 $34,020





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)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,940 0.68 2.37 $14.37 $29,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,240 0.52 1.81 $12.86 $26,750
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,220 0.96 3.35 $12.55 $26,100
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.22 0.75 $13.77 $28,640
Baltimore-Towson, MD 880 0.68 2.35 $13.18 $27,410
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 870 0.39 1.35 $13.63 $28,350
Baton Rouge, LA 620 1.62 5.64 $13.59 $28,270
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 600 0.33 1.16 $18.81 $39,130
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 600 0.82 2.84 $12.70 $26,410
Oklahoma City, OK 490 0.81 2.81 $11.03 $22,940




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)
Sioux Falls, SD 280 1.94 6.73 $9.46 $19,670
Bismarck, ND 130 1.94 6.73 $14.30 $29,750
Baton Rouge, LA 620 1.62 5.64 $13.59 $28,270
Las Cruces, NM 90 1.36 4.71 $10.42 $21,670
Lake Charles, LA 120 1.31 4.56 $13.29 $27,640
Dover, DE 70 1.17 4.07 $13.54 $28,170
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 170 1.03 3.58 $10.64 $22,140
Alexandria, LA 60 1.03 3.57 $9.28 $19,310
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 60 1.01 3.52 $11.91 $24,780
Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV 100 0.99 3.44 $10.94 $22,760




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 Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 120 0.13 0.44 $20.97 $43,610
Honolulu, HI (8) (8) (8) $20.93 $43,530
New Haven, CT (8) (8) (8) $20.66 $42,960
Anchorage, AK 170 0.96 3.32 $19.69 $40,950
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 600 0.33 1.16 $18.81 $39,130
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 0.46 $18.56 $38,590
Duluth, MN-WI 50 0.42 1.47 $18.20 $37,860
Salinas, CA (8) (8) (8) $18.15 $37,760
Springfield, MO 110 0.54 1.89 $17.49 $36,380
Norwich-New London, CT-RI (8) (8) (8) $17.43 $36,250

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)
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 180 1.40 4.85 $9.83 $20,450
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 170 0.86 2.99 $14.32 $29,790
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.75 2.60 $11.41 $23,740
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.05 7.11 $12.46 $25,910
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 120 0.46 1.60 $12.46 $25,910

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)
Northeastern Virginia nonmetropolitan area 120 2.48 8.61 $11.70 $24,330
Central South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 70 2.11 7.32 $9.90 $20,600
Southside Virginia nonmetropolitan area 130 2.05 7.11 $12.46 $25,910
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.61 5.60 $14.03 $29,190
Western South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 50 1.56 5.42 $10.92 $22,720

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)
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 60 0.41 1.44 $17.05 $35,470
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.41 1.43 $16.52 $34,370
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.42 $34,150
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 90 1.18 4.09 $15.86 $32,990
St. Mary's County, Maryland nonmetropolitan area 50 1.06 3.68 $15.83 $32,930


About May 2014 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 2014 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2014 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 25, 2015