There are currently an estimated 1,025,599 carpenters in the United States. The carpenter job market is expected to grow by 8.2% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are carpenters?

CareerExplorer rates carpenters with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 89,401 carpenters. That number is based on 83,801 additional carpenters, and the retirement of 5,600 existing carpenters.

Are carpenters in demand?

Carpenters make up the largest building trades occupation. This fact will remain as population growth spurs more new-home construction, the largest segment employing carpenters. Renovation and remodeling projects, as well as the need to repair and upgrade existing infrastructure are expected to add to this demand. Construction of new hotels, office and retail space, restaurants, factories, and power plants is predicted to result in further job growth in the field. However, the use of modular and prefabricated components may exert a negative impact on this momentum. Economic fluctuations and limited government budgets will continue to influence overall demand. Still, opportunities for trained job seekers will exist, both for general carpenters; and for those who choose to specialize in areas like restoration, building conversions, and interior design. The cyclical and seasonal nature of the industry will continue to allow carpenters to alternate between working for a contractor and working as independent contractors on small jobs. Regions with the largest population increases will likely need more carpenters to accommodate the construction demands created by the movement of people and businesses.

What’s the supply of carpenters?

The carpenter industry is concentrated in California, New York, Florida

Carpenter job market by state

State Name Employed Carpenters
California 96,460
New York 47,220
Florida 42,520
Texas 37,520
Pennsylvania 28,440
Washington 25,620
Illinois 25,200
Georgia 19,590
Michigan 19,400
Ohio 18,920
Massachusetts 18,220
Virginia 16,670
North Carolina 16,540
New Jersey 16,360
Minnesota 16,220
Wisconsin 15,630
Indiana 14,710
Oregon 14,660
Maryland 13,770
Colorado 13,750
Missouri 13,540
Louisiana 12,200
Arizona 10,820
Nevada 10,450
Utah 9,190
South Carolina 8,740
Nebraska 7,710
Tennessee 7,290
Alabama 7,270
Kentucky 7,070
Iowa 6,650
Idaho 6,300
Connecticut 5,680
Hawaii 5,340
Kansas 5,150
Oklahoma 4,720
Maine 4,520
Arkansas 4,440
Montana 4,300
New Mexico 4,280
South Dakota 4,100
New Hampshire 3,380
Mississippi 3,120
Rhode Island 2,900
Vermont 2,780
Wyoming 2,760
West Virginia 2,620
North Dakota 2,550
Alaska 2,170
Puerto Rico 2,080
District of Columbia 1,830
Delaware 1,770
Guam 970
Virgin Islands, U.S. 280