Carpenters

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
972k
Average Age
40.6
Estimated Job Growth
−0.41%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$42,402
Average Male Salary
$42,591
Average Female Salary
$34,259

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 Waste management & remediation services. Carpenters are paid most in Mansfield (North) & Arlington (Southwest) Cities PUMA, TX but are relatively concentrated in Pasadena City (North & Central)Inside Beltway TX-8 PUMA, TX.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$42,402
AVERAGE SALARY
± $839

In 2020, Carpenters earned an average of $42,402, $13,552 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Forest & conservation workers make somewhat more than Carpenters while Other construction and related workers 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

0.356
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Carpenters had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.356, 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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Carpenters, by average wage, are Waste management & remediation services, Ordnance, and Electric & gas, and other combinations.

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Industries by Share

972k
2020 Workforce
± 24,128
0.0521%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 3.51%

The number of people employed as Carpenters has been growing at a rate of 0.0521%, from 971,687 people in 2019 to 972,193 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Carpenters employed by various industries. Construction employs the largest share of Carpenters at  86.4%, followed by Furniture & related product manufacturing with 1.78% and Building material & supplies dealers with 1.24%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Carpenters in the US. The average age of male Carpenters in the workforce is 40.7 and of female Carpenters is 38.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Carpenters is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

950k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 23,855
22k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 3,643

97.7% of Carpenters are Male, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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)

53.4% of Carpenters are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 20.3% 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 Sex

40.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 0.324
38.4
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.3

The median age of Carpenters is 40.6, and Male employees are generally 2.23 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

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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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