Carpenters

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2019 Workforce
1.03M
Average Age
40.7
Estimated Job Growth
−0.41%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$42,511
Average Male Salary
$42,560
Average Female Salary
$40,304

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Carpenters and on wages and locations for those in the field. Construction is the industry that employs the most Carpenters, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Carpenters, by average wage, is Veneer, plywood, & engineered wood products . Carpenters are paid most in Mesa City (West) PUMA, AZ but are relatively concentrated in Homestead City (North) & Florida City (North) PUMA, FL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$42,511
AVERAGE SALARY
± $858

In 2019, Carpenters earned an average of $42,511, $13,013 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Licensed practical & licensed vocational nurses make somewhat more than Carpenters while Marriage and family therapists make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Carpenters as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.351
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Carpenters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.351, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Carpenters (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Carpenters.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Carpenters.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Carpenters, by number of employees, are Construction, Furniture & related product manufacturing, and Building material & supplies dealers.

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Industries by Share

1.03M
2019 Workforce
± 24,887
6.83%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.24%

The number of people employed as Carpenters has been growing at a rate of 6.83%, from 968,420 people in 2018 to 1,034,567 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Carpenters employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Carpenters at  87.4%, followed by Furniture & related product manufacturing with 1.51% and Building material & supplies dealers with 0.94%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Carpenters in the US. The average age of male Carpenters in the workforce is 40.8 and of female Carpenters is 36.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Carpenters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

1.01M
MALE WORKFORCE
± 24,619
22.3k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,666

97.8% of Carpenters are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Carpenters.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Carpenters
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Other (Hispanic)

54% of Carpenters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 22.2% of Carpenters, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Carpenters.

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Age by Gender

40.8
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.316
36.9
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.34

The median age of Carpenters is 40.7, and Male employees are generally 3.92 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Carpenters from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Carpenters is Business but a relatively high number of Carpenters hold a major in Construction.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Carpenters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Carpenters need many skills, but most especially Coordination, Critical Thinking, and Monitoring. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Carpenters need more than the average amount of Installation, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Carpenters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Carpenters are expected to see a growth of −0.41% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−0.41%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Carpenters. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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