Carpenter earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Carpenter salary by state

State Name Average Salary
New York $61,315
New Jersey $63,230
Hawaii $63,520
California $59,860
Illinois $51,603
Massachusetts $57,210
Washington $57,240
Alaska $56,041
Connecticut $56,390
Missouri $54,370
District of Columbia $52,630
Nevada $48,730
Minnesota $50,430
Indiana $47,970
Ohio $47,940
Rhode Island $47,170
Colorado $46,784
Wisconsin $47,610
Delaware $47,520
Maryland $46,320
Wyoming $47,140
Oregon $45,590
Virgin Islands $51,210
Michigan $45,410
New Hampshire $46,490
Louisiana $44,410
Georgia $38,910
Iowa $42,660
Utah $42,160
Vermont $42,730
South Carolina $39,410
Pennsylvania $40,289
Kansas $39,978
Virginia $42,080
West Virginia $40,140
Kentucky $39,110
Oklahoma $39,970
North Dakota $40,760
Montana $41,950
Maine $41,420
Florida $38,760
Texas $38,720
Tennessee $38,740
New Mexico $37,870
Nebraska $37,180
North Carolina $37,180
Arizona $36,891
Mississippi $36,770
Alabama $35,512
Arkansas $33,418
South Dakota $35,230
Idaho $33,105
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 about the same as related careers in Florida. On average, they make less than pipefitters but more than plasterers.

Career Median Salary
Pipefitter salary $42K
Plumber salary $42K
Ironworker salary $42K
Commercial diver salary $39K
HVAC technician salary $41K
Carpenter salary $39K
Pipelayer salary $36K
Stonemason salary $37K
Brickmason salary $40K
Plasterer salary $38K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)