Commercial carpenters work at large construction sites to provide professional woodworking services. They play vital roles in the construction of schools, bridges, hospitals, stores, and other types of commercial buildings. And unlike residential carpenters, commercial carpenters use special tools, equipment, and machinery to help build large-scale structures.
The specific duties of a commercial carpenter typically include interpreting construction plans, cutting construction materials according to specifications, fabricating wooden fixtures, installing window frames and doors, and putting up temporary construction structures. Some commercial carpenters are also responsible for welding parts needed in construction.
To become a commercial carpenter, one needs to complete a three- to four-year apprenticeship program after high school. Many employers also look for substantial working experience in carpentry to consider applicants for a commercial carpenter position. And since this role requires a higher level of carpentry skill, many commercial carpenters start as residential carpenters first.
Commercial carpenters, on average, take home a yearly income of $38,000, which is about $19 an hour. Their pay can eventually increase with additional experience and expertise, as well as any specializations that they may take up during their career.