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According to the BLS, carpenters earned a median salary of $39,940 in 2012, or $19.20 per hour. In that same period, the highest-paid carpenters earned about $72,580, while the lowest-paid earned $24,880. The motion picture and video industry pays the highest for carpentry work. Metropolitan areas that pay well include Honolulu, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Santa Rosa, Calif.

Job Salary Year
2004 $38,740.00
2006 $40,490.00
2008 $43,450.00
2010 $44,180.00
2012 $44,520.00

Average Carpenter Pay vs. All Construction Jobs

Carpenters earn an average annual wage of $44,520, a salary lower than some construction jobs but higher than others. For example, cost estimators earn approximately $63,080 each year – a wage roughly $18,500 higher than that for most carpenters. Similarly, plumbers and electricians earn about $53,000 a year, a salary that's nearly $10,000 greater than that for most carpenters. On the other hand, painters take in $38,590, which is nearly $6,000 less than what most carpenters earn. General construction workers also make less at $34,490 per year.

Job Name Salary
Cost Estimator $58,860.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Plumber $49,140.00
Carpenter $39,940.00
Painter $35,190.00
Construction Worker $29,990.00

Best Paying Cities for Carpenters

The highest paid in the carpenter profession work in the metropolitan areas of Honolulu, Santa Cruz, California, and Santa Rosa, California. The Oakland, California area also pays well, as does the city of New York City.

Honolulu

Average Salary: $69,550 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a carpenter working in Honolulu is $69,550, which is $29,610 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Cruz, California

Average Salary: $67,780 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a carpenter working in Santa Cruz, California is $67,780, which is $27,840 more than the average pay in the profession.

Santa Rosa, California

Average Salary: $66,240 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a carpenter working in Santa Rosa, California is $66,240, which is $26,300 more than the average pay in the profession.

Oakland, California

Average Salary: $65,170 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a carpenter working in Oakland, California is $65,170, which is $25,230 more than the average pay in the profession.

New York City

Average Salary: $64,350 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a carpenter working in New York City is $64,350, which is $24,410 more than the average pay in the profession.

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