These Are The 10 States With The Highest Finish Carpenter Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do finish carpenters get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for finish carpenters by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for finish carpenters by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for finish carpenters after this adjustment? That would be Carpenters.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Illinois
  2. Missouri
  3. Alaska
  4. Washington
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Wyoming
  7. Michigan
  8. New Jersey
  9. Ohio
  10. Minnesota

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for finish carpenters from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $55780, so our index value would be:

$55,780 * (100 / 135.9) = $41,044

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for finish carpenters.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Finish Carpenter Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $65,940 $62,380 94.6
2 Missouri $58,296 $52,700 90.4
3 Alaska $53,371 $69,970 131.1
4 Washington $53,298 $56,070 105.2
5 Wisconsin $51,735 $50,080 96.8
6 Wyoming $51,198 $47,000 91.8
7 Michigan $50,955 $45,350 89.0
8 New Jersey $49,532 $60,380 121.9
9 Ohio $49,232 $46,180 93.8
10 Minnesota $48,958 $49,350 100.8
11 Indiana $48,357 $43,280 89.5
12 Pennsylvania $47,928 $48,600 101.4
13 Kentucky $47,325 $42,830 90.5
14 Nevada $47,279 $48,840 103.3
15 New York $47,251 $61,900 131.0
16 Kansas $46,529 $41,830 89.9
17 Iowa $46,318 $42,150 91.0
18 Delaware $45,601 $46,240 101.4
19 West Virginia $45,428 $42,430 93.4
20 Massachusetts $44,557 $59,440 133.4
21 Georgia $44,354 $40,540 91.4
22 Oklahoma $44,304 $39,520 89.2
23 Tennessee $42,393 $37,900 89.4
24 Mississippi $42,246 $36,290 85.9
25 Arizona $42,081 $41,240 98.0
26 Colorado $41,984 $43,580 103.8
27 North Dakota $41,961 $41,710 99.4
28 Connecticut $41,902 $53,510 127.7
29 Texas $41,896 $38,000 90.7
30 Utah $41,741 $38,820 93.0
31 Virginia $41,686 $42,020 100.8
32 Rhode Island $41,640 $50,260 120.7
33 Oregon $41,219 $47,650 115.6
34 Louisiana $41,128 $38,990 94.8
35 Hawaii $41,072 $68,960 167.9
36 California $41,044 $55,780 135.9
37 Alabama $40,361 $36,810 91.2
38 Nebraska $40,218 $36,840 91.6
39 Montana $40,039 $40,360 100.8
40 Idaho $39,967 $36,810 92.1
41 Arkansas $39,965 $34,810 87.1
42 South Carolina $39,868 $39,550 99.2
43 Florida $39,867 $39,190 98.3
44 New Mexico $39,626 $38,240 96.5
45 Maryland $39,051 $49,010 125.5
46 New Hampshire $38,170 $44,660 117.0
47 North Carolina $37,870 $35,560 93.9
48 Vermont $36,886 $44,670 121.1
49 Maine $35,731 $39,590 110.8
50 South Dakota $33,702 $34,950 103.7

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