Carpenter earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Carpenter salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Hawaii $73,600
New Jersey $58,190
New York $54,820
Massachusetts $57,210
Washington $57,240
California $56,770
Connecticut $56,390
Missouri $54,370
District of Columbia $52,630
Nevada $48,730
Minnesota $50,430
Rhode Island $47,170
Wisconsin $47,610
Delaware $47,520
Pennsylvania $39,690
Maryland $46,320
Wyoming $47,140
Oregon $45,590
Virgin Islands $51,210
Illinois $36,109
Indiana $46,790
Ohio $46,240
Michigan $45,410
Colorado $47,550
Kentucky $43,050
New Hampshire $46,490
Louisiana $44,410
Georgia $38,910
Vermont $42,730
South Carolina $39,410
Virginia $42,080
West Virginia $40,140
Arizona $41,010
Kansas $40,240
Oklahoma $39,970
North Dakota $40,760
Iowa $41,240
Montana $41,950
Maine $41,420
Utah $41,400
Florida $38,760
Texas $38,720
Alabama $39,040
Tennessee $38,740
New Mexico $37,870
Nebraska $37,180
Idaho $36,650
Mississippi $36,770
North Carolina $36,370
Arkansas $35,430
South Dakota $35,230
Guam $31,410
Puerto Rico $18,830

How much does a Carpenter earn?

Carpentry is one of the oldest professions in construction, and one of the most flexible. One could choose to work on a smaller scale, building frameworks for homes, or on a slightly bigger scale, insulating a high-rise building, or even on a massive scale, fortifying trusses for bridges.

The starting carpenter salary for apprentices is typically between 30 to 50 percent of the wage that experienced carpenters make, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The industries hiring the most apprentice carpenters included residential building construction firms; non-residential building construction companies; building finishing contractors; and companies that specialize in foundation, and structure and building exteriors.

Union carpenters often receive higher carpenter salaries and better benefits because of their union's bargaining power. A union's bargaining power gives it the ability to negotiate wages with employers. Union carpenters must train as apprentices for three or four years before they become journeymen. They earn annual salaries averaging more than $70,000 annually.

How do carpenter salaries compare to similar careers?

Carpenters earn 7% less than similar careers in District of Columbia. On average, they make less than plumbers but more than cement masons.

Career Median Salary
Plumber salary $69K
HVAC technician salary $69K
Brickmason salary $63K
Ironworker salary $57K
Construction painter salary $55K
Carpenter salary $53K
Maintenance worker salary $51K
Plasterer salary $53K
Fork lift operator salary $53K
Cement mason salary $49K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)