How Much Does A Carpenter Make?

From creating kitchen cabinets to installing walls and doors, the construction of a house or building or remodeling of its interior spaces would not be complete without the skill and knowledge of carpenters.

A physically demanding career, carpenters earn relatively good pay considering the fact that only a high school diploma is needed to enter a three-to-four-year apprenticeship program which will teach them the tricks of the trade. Government projections also reveal that employment prospects are great for those who wish to enter this profession in the next few years.

Average Carpenter Annual Salary

$48,340

The average annual salary for carpenters is $48,340 a year. Salaries start at $27,070 a year and go up to $79,480 a year.

Average Carpenter Hourly Wage

$23.24

The average hourly wage for a carpenter is $23.24. Hourly wages were between $13.02 and $38.21 an hour.

Stats were based out of 676,980 employed carpenters in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Carpenter

$79,480/year $38.21/hour

(Top 10% of Carpenters)


Senior Carpenter

$58,700/year $28.22/hour

(Top 25% of Carpenters)


Mid Level Carpenter

$43,600/year $20.96/hour

(Median)


Junior Carpenter

$33,770/year $16.24/hour

(Bottom 25% of Carpenters)


Entry Level Carpenter

$27,070/year $13.02/hour

(Bottom 10% of Carpenters)


Carpenter Average Salary Comparison

Boilermakers
$62k / year
$29 / hour
Pile-Driver Operators
$61k / year
$29 / hour
Tapers
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Brickmasons and Blockmasons
$53k / year
$25 / hour
Operating Engineers and Other Construction Equipment Operators
$50k / year
$24 / hour
Carpenters
$48k / year
$23 / hour
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
$47k / year
$22 / hour
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
$45k / year
$22 / hour
Carpet Installers
$44k / year
$21 / hour
Tile and Marble Setters
$44k / year
$21 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Carpenters

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Carpenters

Carpenter Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Alaska $33.64 $69,970
#2 Hawaii $33.15 $68,960
#3 Illinois $29.99 $62,380
#4 New York $29.76 $61,900
#5 New Jersey $29.03 $60,380
#6 Massachusetts $28.58 $59,440
#7 Washington $26.96 $56,070
#8 California $26.82 $55,780
#9 Connecticut $25.72 $53,510
#10 Missouri $25.34 $52,700
#11 Virgin Islands $25.14 $52,300
#12 District of Columbia $24.43 $50,810
#13 Rhode Island $24.16 $50,260
#14 Wisconsin $24.08 $50,080
#15 Minnesota $23.73 $49,350
#16 Maryland $23.56 $49,010
#17 Nevada $23.48 $48,840
#18 Pennsylvania $23.37 $48,600
#19 Oregon $22.91 $47,650
#20 Wyoming $22.60 $47,000
#21 Delaware $22.23 $46,240
#22 Ohio $22.20 $46,180
#23 Michigan $21.80 $45,350
#24 Vermont $21.48 $44,670
#25 New Hampshire $21.47 $44,660
#26 Colorado $20.95 $43,580
#27 Indiana $20.81 $43,280
#28 Kentucky $20.59 $42,830
#29 West Virginia $20.40 $42,430
#30 Iowa $20.26 $42,150
#31 Virginia $20.20 $42,020
#32 Kansas $20.11 $41,830
#33 North Dakota $20.05 $41,710
#34 Arizona $19.83 $41,240
#35 Georgia $19.49 $40,540
#36 Montana $19.41 $40,360
#37 Maine $19.03 $39,590
#38 South Carolina $19.02 $39,550
#39 Oklahoma $19.00 $39,520
#40 Florida $18.84 $39,190
#41 Louisiana $18.75 $38,990
#42 Utah $18.66 $38,820
#43 New Mexico $18.39 $38,240
#44 Texas $18.27 $38,000
#45 Tennessee $18.22 $37,900
#46 Nebraska $17.71 $36,840
#47 Alabama $17.70 $36,810
#48 Idaho $17.70 $36,810
#49 Mississippi $17.45 $36,290
#50 North Carolina $17.10 $35,560
#51 South Dakota $16.81 $34,950
#52 Arkansas $16.74 $34,810
#53 Guam $14.51 $30,190
#54 Puerto Rico $9.21 $19,150

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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