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Working As A Carpenter Helper

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  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Make Decisions

  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Carpenter Helper Do

Carpenters construct and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters, and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding, and drywall.


Carpenters typically do the following:

  • Follow blueprints and building plans to meet the needs of clients
  • Install structures and fixtures, such as windows and molding
  • Measure, cut, and shape wood, plastic, and other materials
  • Construct building frameworks, including walls, floors, and doorframes
  • Erect, level, and install building framework with the aid of rigging hardware and cranes
  • Inspect and replace damaged framework or other structures and fixtures
  • Instruct and direct laborers and other construction helpers

Carpenters are one of the most versatile construction occupations, with workers usually doing many different tasks. For example, some carpenters primarily insulate office buildings and others install drywall or kitchen cabinets in homes. Those who help construct tall buildings or bridges often install the wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars and are commonly referred to as rough carpenters. Other carpenters erect shoring and scaffolding for buildings.

Carpenters use many different hand and power tools to cut and shape wood, plastic, fiberglass, or drywall. They commonly use hand tools, including squares, levels, and chisels, as well as many power tools, such as sanders, circular saws, nail guns, and welding machines. Carpenters fasten materials together with nails, screws, staples, and adhesives, and do a final check of their work to ensure that it is completed according to specifications. They use a tape measure on nearly every project to make sure that the pieces being cut are the proper size, which reduces waste and saves time. Many employers require applicants to supply their own tools.

The following are examples of types of carpenters:

Residential carpenters typically specialize in single-family, townhome, and condominium building and remodeling. As part of a single job, they might build and set forms for footings, walls, and slabs, and frame and finish exterior walls, roofs, and decks. They also frame interior walls, build stairs, and install drywall, crown molding, doors, and cabinets. In addition, residential carpenters may tile floors and lay wood floors and carpet. Fully trained carpenters can easily switch from new homebuilding to remodeling.

Commercial carpenters typically build and remodel commercial office buildings, hospitals, hotels, schools, and shopping malls. Some specialize in working with light-gauge and load-bearing steel framing for interior partitions, exterior framing, and curtain wall construction. Others specialize in working with concrete forming systems and finishing interior and exterior walls, partitions, and ceilings. Most commercial carpenters perform many of the same tasks as residential carpenters.

Industrial carpenters typically work on civil engineering projects and in industrial settings, where they build scaffolding and create and set forms for pouring concrete. Some industrial carpenters build tunnel bracing or partitions in underground passageways and mines to control the circulation of air to worksites. Others build concrete forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, power plants, or sewers.

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How To Become A Carpenter Helper

Although most carpenters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job, starting as a helper.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and general vocational technical training are considered useful.


Most carpenters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship program. For each year of a typical program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of technical training and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the technical training, apprentices learn carpentry basics, blueprint reading, mathematics, building code requirements, and safety and first-aid practices. They also may receive specialized training in creating and setting concrete forms, rigging, welding, scaffold building, working within confined workspaces, and fall protection. All carpenters must pass the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10- and 30-hour safety courses.

After finishing an apprenticeship, carpenters are considered to be journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for a person to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work
  • U.S. citizen or proof of legal residency
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some contractors have their own carpenter training program, which may be an accredited apprenticeship program.

Although many workers enter apprenticeships directly, some carpenters start out as helpers.

Some workers can earn certificates before entering an apprenticeship. The National Association of Home Builders offers Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT) through the Home Builders Institute. PACT is available for several different groups, from youths to veterans, and covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Workers typically learn the proper use of hand and power tools on the job. They often start by working with more experienced carpenters and are given more complex tasks as they prove that they can handle simpler tasks, such as measuring and cutting wooden and metal studs.

A number of 2-year technical schools offer carpentry degrees that are affiliated with unions or contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.


Because they are involved in all phases of construction, carpenters usually have more opportunities than other construction workers to become first-line supervisors, independent contractors, or general construction supervisors.

Carpenters seeking advancement often take additional training provided by associations, unions, or employers. Communication in both English and Spanish also is helpful for relaying instructions to workers.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Self-employed carpenters must be able to bid on new jobs, track inventory, and plan work assignments. 

Detail oriented. Carpenters perform many tasks that are important in the overall building process. Making precise measurements, for example, may reduce gaps between windows and frames, limiting any leaks around the window.

Dexterity. Carpenters use many tools and need hand-eye coordination to avoid injury or damaging materials. Striking the head of a nail, for example, is crucial to not damaging wood or injuring oneself.

Math skills. Carpenters use basic math skills every day to calculate volume and measure materials to be cut.

Physical stamina. Carpenters need physical endurance. They frequently stand, climb, or bend for long periods.

Physical strength. Carpenters use tools and materials that are heavy. For example, plywood sheets can weigh 50 to 100 pounds.

Problem-solving skills. Because construction jobs vary, carpenters must adjust project plans accordingly. For example, if a prefabricated window arrives at the worksite slightly oversized, carpenters must shave framework to make the window fit.

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Carpenter Helper Career Paths

Carpenter Helper
Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Owner Maintenance Manager Manager
Facilities Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner Project Superintendent
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Superintendent
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Superintendent Project Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Maintenance Manager
Maintenance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator Property Manager Facilities Manager
Facilities Maintenance Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Owner/Operator General Contractor Superintendent
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Foreman Production Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Foreman Project Manager Principal
Assistant Superintendent
5 Yearsyrs
Foreman Electrical Foreman
Lead Electrician
6 Yearsyrs
Lead Carpenter Construction Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Carpenter Maintenance Supervisor Operation Supervisor
Field Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Lead Carpenter Maintenance Supervisor Service Manager
Installation Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Warehouse Manager Field Supervisor
Field Operation Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Plumber Helper Electrician Crew Leader
Lead Carpenter
5 Yearsyrs
Plumber Helper Electrician Hvac Technician
Lead Installer
5 Yearsyrs
Journeyman Carpenter Carpenter Foreman
Job Superintendent
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Owner/Manager Construction Superintendent
Building Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Union Carpenter 6.2 years
Building Carpenter 4.1 years
Carpenter 4.1 years
Carpenter/Painter 4.0 years
Finish Carpenter 3.8 years
Framing Carpenter 3.3 years
Rough Carpenter 3.1 years
Framer/Carpenter 3.0 years
Carpentry 2.9 years
Carpenter/Labour 2.9 years
Framer 2.4 years
Helper/Apprentice 2.0 years
Carpenter Helper 2.0 years
Helper 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Carpenter Helper
Cashier 8.6%
Helper 8.2%
Carpenter 7.7%
Cook 5.2%
Driver 4.4%
Painter 4.0%
Stocker 3.5%
Technician 3.3%
Top Careers After Carpenter Helper
Carpenter 20.3%
Driver 5.6%
Helper 5.0%
Cashier 4.3%
Owner 3.9%
Cook 3.9%
Technician 3.7%
Painter 3.6%
Supervisor 3.3%
Welder 3.1%

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Best Paying Company
Lyman Lumber
Highest Paying City
Vacaville, CA
Highest Paying State
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Carpenter Helper make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Carpenter Helper in the United States is $39,076 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $26,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $58,000.

Real Carpenter Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Carpenter Helper Carter Mitchell Woodworking Nantucket, MA Apr 01, 2015 $53,636
Helpers--Carpenters Falls Framing LLC Brownton, MN Nov 01, 2016 $38,964
Carpenter Helper Maxime & Co. ND Apr 02, 2015 $35,354
Carpenter Helper D and M Roofing Company Fargo, ND Apr 06, 2016 $35,041
Carpenter Helper Maxime & Co. Fargo, ND May 03, 2016 $35,041
Carpenter Helper Dropmasters Co Hamilton, NJ Aug 22, 2008 $34,602
Helper of Carpenter Focus Framing, Door and Trim LLC. Las Vegas, NV Jun 29, 2016 $33,872
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Las Vegas, NV Feb 02, 2016 $33,872
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Las Vegas, NV Apr 05, 2016 $33,872
Helpers--Carpenters Falls Framing LLC Edgeley, ND Nov 15, 2016 $33,225
Carpenter Helper Erickson Construction Roseville, CA May 02, 2016 $32,933
Carpenter Helper Erickson Construction Roseville, CA Apr 15, 2016 $32,933
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Vacaville, CA Jul 26, 2016 $32,933
Helper of Carpenter BMC West Corporation Vacaville, CA Apr 15, 2016 $32,453
Helpers--Carpenters Ottavio de Vivo D/B/A 'Ottavio's Custom Woodworking Shop' New Rochelle, NY Jan 31, 2014 $29,994
Helpers-Carpenters John Santos Construction, Inc. Fall River, MA Apr 09, 2012 $29,910
Carpenter Helper Peterson and Collins, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 25, 2011 $29,827
Carpenter Helper J.A.J. Suarez Framing, Inc. TX Feb 02, 2015 $29,552
Carpenter Helpers H2 Incorporated MN Aug 15, 2014 $29,385
Carpenter Helper Timon, LLC. MN Apr 01, 2014 $29,197
Carpenter Helper Phoenix Framing, LLC TN Mar 27, 2014 $29,155
Helpers-Carpenters Mike Ferrell Construction San Mateo, CA Nov 24, 2010 $29,016
Capenter Helper Seashore Builders, Inc. NC Oct 01, 2015 $26,171
Carpenter Helper Texas General Builders LLC TX Mar 14, 2014 $25,900
Helpers-Carpenters Everlast Construction NJ Feb 19, 2010 $25,858
Helpers-Carpenters P.M. Construction & Home Improvement Corp. NJ Jan 30, 2009 $25,691
Helpers-Carpenters K & R Farms, LLC TN Jul 05, 2014 $25,274
Carpenter Helper TC Thompson Builder, Inc. Artesia, NM Apr 23, 2008 $24,783
Helper Carpenter Jc Roadrunner, Inc. GA May 01, 2014 $24,627
Carpenter Helper Seashore Builders Inc. NC Oct 29, 2013 $24,606

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Top Skills for A Carpenter Helper

  1. Door Frames
  2. Drywall Repair
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fitted and installed windows and door frames, door hardware, interior and exterior trim using caps.
  • Build houses* Assist with electrical, plumbing, drywall repairs* Transport lumber supplies* Construction cleanup
  • Lifted and carried heavy materials while maintaining proper safety procedures.
  • Removed damaged/defected parts of structures and repaired/replaced them using hand tools.
  • Assisted lead carpenter with various jobs, including hanging Sheetrock and painting.


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  2. Nevada
  3. Washington
  4. Hawaii
  5. Wyoming
  6. Illinois
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Connecticut
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Carpenter Helper Resume Examples And Tips

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