Updated August 18, 2021
Average Carpenter Salary
$41,000 yearly
$20.08 hourly

Entry level Salary
$33,000 yearly
$33,000
10 %
$41,000
Median
$52,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$52,000
$4,333
$25
75th Percentile
$47,000
$3,917
$23
Average
$41,758
$3,480
$20
25th Percentile
$36,000
$3,000
$17
10th Percentile
$33,000
$2,750
$16

Average Carpenter Salary By State

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Carpenter average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$31,809
$15.29
Alaska
$56,898
$27.35
Arizona
$39,957
$19.21
Arkansas
$27,975
$13.45
California
$54,794
$26.34
Colorado
$39,376
$18.93
Connecticut
$54,836
$26.36
Delaware
$48,528
$23.33
District of Columbia
$41,080
$19.75
Florida
$32,561
$15.65
Georgia
$34,749
$16.71
Hawaii
$44,165
$21.23
Idaho
$35,342
$16.99
Illinois
$45,445
$21.85
Indiana
$40,620
$19.53
Iowa
$35,208
$16.93
Kansas
$37,299
$17.93
Kentucky
$38,437
$18.48
Louisiana
$36,125
$17.37
Maine
$39,306
$18.90
Maryland
$46,364
$22.29
Massachusetts
$52,806
$25.39
Michigan
$37,723
$18.14
Minnesota
$42,049
$20.22
Mississippi
$37,100
$17.84
Missouri
$42,487
$20.43
Montana
$36,645
$17.62
Nebraska
$33,538
$16.12
Nevada
$47,571
$22.87
New Hampshire
$46,749
$22.48
New Jersey
$61,678
$29.65
New Mexico
$30,011
$14.43
New York
$55,570
$26.72
North Carolina
$31,843
$15.31
North Dakota
$37,499
$18.03
Ohio
$44,051
$21.18
Oklahoma
$29,946
$14.40
Oregon
$41,670
$20.03
Pennsylvania
$48,244
$23.19
Rhode Island
$47,220
$22.70
South Carolina
$34,591
$16.63
South Dakota
$35,878
$17.25
Tennessee
$35,744
$17.18
Texas
$31,515
$15.15
Utah
$31,898
$15.34
Vermont
$45,034
$21.65
Virginia
$43,476
$20.90
Washington
$55,986
$26.92
West Virginia
$30,871
$14.84
Wisconsin
$39,591
$19.03
Wyoming
$35,664
$17.15

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Highest Paying Cities For Carpenter

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Seattle, WA
$56,745
$27.28
Yonkers, NY
$55,996
$26.92
Los Angeles, CA
$54,374
$26.14
Reno, NV
$49,489
$23.79
Reading, PA
$48,508
$23.32
Silver Spring, MD
$45,999
$22.11

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How much does a Carpenter make?

  • The average carpenter makes $41,758 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a carpenter is $20.08.
  • The average entry-level carpenter salary is $33,000.
  • Highest paying states for carpenter are New Jersey ($61,678), Alaska ($56,898), Washington ($61,678) and New York ($61,678).
  • Highest paying cities for carpenter are Seattle, WA ($56,745), Yonkers, NY, Los Angeles, CA, Reno, NV and Reading, PA.
  • Carpenters on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $33,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $52,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $47,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $36,000
  • Industries with the highest carpenter salaries are construction, technology and retail.

Average Carpenter Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $41,800
    $20.08
    +3.0%
    2020
    $40,500
    $19.46
    +3.5%
    2019
    $39,100
    $18.79
    +3.5%
    2018
    $37,700
    $18.14
    +3.0%
    2017
    $36,600
    $17.59
    +0.8%

    How Much Do Carpenters Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, carpenter salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that construction, technology, and retail companies tend to offer much higher salaries for carpenters. For example, carpenters make a whopping average salary of $40,785 while working for construction companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $40,021 at technology companies and $39,229 at retail companies. But carpenters may want to avoid working in the manufacturing industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $38,951.
    RankIndustryAverage Carpenter SalaryCarpenter Salary Range
    1Construction
    $40,785
    $36k
    $44k
    2Technology
    $40,021
    $36k
    $44k
    3Retail
    $39,229
    $36k
    $44k
    4Manufacturing
    $38,951
    $36k
    $44k

    High Paying Carpenter Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Construction Foreman

    Avg. salary: $51,633

    A construction foreman is responsible for overseeing construction operations and determining the construction progress by monitoring plans and schedules. A construction foreman allocates tasks to the workers and ensures that everyone adheres to the safety guidelines and regulations, preventing potential hazards in the work area and avoiding construction delays. They also identify cost-reduction opportunities by handling negotiation with trusted suppliers and third-party vendors. A construction foreman inspects the quality of materials, including the equipment and machinery, allocates adequate resources for production, and resolves issues immediately.
    22,267 Construction Foreman Jobs
    Journeyman

    Avg. salary: $47,698

    A journeyman is an experienced worker whose role will vary on the line of industry where one is involved. They work without supervision from a master craftsman. Most of the responsibilities will revolve around performing manual work such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical and mechanical tasks, and other forms of trade. Furthermore, a journeyman can choose whether to work independently or to be part of a business entity. They can also recruit and train an apprentice, or even pursue to become a master in their preferred field.
    8,089 Journeyman Jobs
    Mason

    Avg. salary: $45,143

    A mason is responsible for shaping artificial mineral products, concrete blocks, stone pieces, and bricks to create structures essential for construction or other building purposes using various machinery and equipment, following the highest safety standards and production procedures. Masons analyze schematics and blueprints, applying the clients' specifications and customization to their product expertise. They also inspect tools and equipment, ensuring that the materials are free from any defects to avoid hazards and construction delays.
    11,113 Mason Jobs
    General Foreman

    Avg. salary: $64,024

    Using their knowledge and expertise of all construction disciplines, a general foreman plans and oversees operations within a construction site to ensure that everything is running smoothly. They are typically in charge of conducting regular inspections, coordinating with engineers and architects, managing the budget and expenditures, supervising workers, and ensuring that the project moves according to the desired time frame. Furthermore, a general foreman implements all safety regulations and policies to ensure a safe and productive work environment for everyone.
    62,372 General Foreman Jobs
    Prestressed Concrete Labour

    Avg. salary: $31,599

    Prestressed concrete labor works at construction sites where they are in charge of handling and processing prestressed concrete materials into structural forms. They typically coordinate with managers and engineers to learn the construction plans and guidelines, design and build structures, prepare materials, and perform corrective measures when necessary. They must also maintain an active communication line with staff, coordinating regularly. Moreover, prestressed concrete labor must abide by the construction site's safety policies and regulations for a safe and efficient work environment.
    9,823 Prestressed Concrete Labour Jobs
    Framer

    Avg. salary: $33,074

    A framer is responsible for devising work plans and assembling the framework structure essential for constructing houses and other facilities. Moreover, they are also responsible for finding the appropriate materials needed for the project, setting the budget, managing the schedule, and consulting with the client for their preferences. The duties of a framer mainly involve physical work and attention to detail. There are instances when one must operate various power tools and equipment, understand blueprints, and even climb up high places.
    2,459 Framer Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Construction Foreman
    $51,633
    $4,303
    $24.82
    22,267
    Journeyman
    $47,699
    $3,975
    $22.93
    8,089
    Mason
    $45,143
    $3,762
    $21.70
    11,113
    General Foreman
    $64,025
    $5,335
    $30.78
    62,372
    Prestressed Concrete Labour
    $31,600
    $2,633
    $15.19
    9,823
    Framer
    $33,075
    $2,756
    $15.90
    2,459
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    Carpenter Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a carpenter can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Carpenters The Most?

    To earn a high income as a carpenter, working for Zachry Holdings or The Walt Disney Company might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like NANA Development and Performance Contracting report highly competitive wages for carpenters.
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    Recently Added Carpenter Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Carpenter
    Pleasant Grove, UT
    08/31/2021
    $37,566
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Frankfort, NY
    08/31/2021
    $41,740
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Des Moines, IA
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Seattle, WA
    08/31/2021
    $58,436
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Fargo, ND
    08/31/2021
    $41,740
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Orlando, FL
    08/31/2021
    $54,679
    08/31/2021
    Myers & Sons Construciton, LP
    Carpenter/Foremsetter
    Carpenter/Foremsetter
    Brighton, CO
    08/31/2021
    $54,262
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Kearney, NE
    08/31/2021
    $35,479
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Portland, OR
    08/31/2021
    $41,740
    08/31/2021
    Carpenter
    Glendale, AZ
    08/31/2021
    $52,175
    08/31/2021

    Average Carpenter Salary by Demographic

    Carpenter Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $43,893
    female-income
    Female Income
    $41,179
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$43,893
    Female$41,179
    Median Carpenter Income by Race
    Asian carpenters have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino carpenters have the lowest average salary at $41,472.
    $45,000
    $36,000
    $27,000
    $18,000
    $9,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$43,454
    Black or African American$41,621
    Asian$43,954
    Hispanic or Latino$41,472
    Average Carpenter Salary by Education Level
    Carpenters with a Associate degree earn more than those without, at $45,426 annually. With a Bachelors degree, carpenters earn a median annual income of $44,603 compared to $43,893 for carpenters with an High School Diploma degree.
    $50,000
    $40,000
    $30,000
    $20,000
    $10,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$43,893
    Bachelor's Degree$44,603
    Some College/ Associate Degree$45,426