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After graduation, carpentry graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $137,008, while the bottom 20% make closer to $41,823. The median grad salary is $75,698.

Carpentry graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in carpentry is $57,683, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $63,899.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for carpentry graduates

The highest paying career for carpentry graduates is carpenter, with top salaries averaging around $41,608.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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