Carpenters are hands-on and technical professionals that build the framework and structure of a home, out of wood. There is a wide range of specialties in this field, ranging from creating structurally sound walls and trusses to cabinetry and decorative finishing details.

Average Salary

  • $51,354
  • $19.98
POTENTIAL Additional Compensation
$5,876/yr Overtime and Bonuses
  • Framer
  • Finisher
  • Truss Manufacturer/Installer
  • Cabinet Maker/Installer
  • Woodworker

What You’ll Need

You can find opportunities for education that emphasize classroom instruction or hands-on learning, depending on which suits your needs:

Technical/Trade/Vocational School: Prepares you for a specific career. Some place more emphasis on hands-on learning vs. classroom instruction.

Community College: Generally, offers a broader education, with the possibility of working toward earning a bachelor’s degree.

Registered Apprenticeship Program: Start earning a competitive wage right away as you gain knowledge from on-the-job experience and related training.


  • Detail-Oriented

  • Active

  • Creative

  • Collaborative

  • Good With Numbers

Potential Benefits

*Benefits depend on the specific job and may vary.
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401(k)
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Stock Options
  • Paid Sick Time
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement

I’m Ready to Advance My Career

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