Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

-0.4% (little or no change)

Most Common Level of Education

High school diploma or equivalent


What Carpenters Do

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall, and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.

Other Job Titles Carpenters May Have

Assembler, Bridge Carpenter, Bridge Repair Crew Person, Cabinet Maker, Carpenter, Concrete Carpenter, Construction Worker, Form Carpenter, Framer, Rough Carpenter

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Creative Woodworker ,

Artsy Fartsy

I open my work shop with my coffee or water in my hand, depending on time of year. I generally have a project on my workbench waiting. My work calendar is planned out 3 months in advance, so I usually know what I will be doing. By 2PM I close up the shop and go to my office where I do design work until 4PM or until I finish the current project. I find by staying very structured with my time it allows me to work fewer days per week, I spend the remaining days with my family and friends.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.

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