Carpenters Salary in Sector of Construction

The salary statistics of carpenters in the industry sector of construction are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare carpenters salaries in different industries within the construction sector.

Average Annual Salary of Carpenters

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for carpenters in the industry sector of construction. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) carpenters is $80,980. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $45,370. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid carpenters is $28,050.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of carpenters in the industry sector of construction from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
3.68% 11.77%
3.62% -
3.04% -
0.71% -
1.28% -
- -

Compare Carpenters Salary in Different Industries within the Construction Sector

The average salaries of carpenters in 22 industries in the construction sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for carpenters occupations is the electrical contractors and other wiring installation contractors industry with an annual salary $59,360. The lowest paying industry is the land subdivision industry (annual salary $37,210). For detailed carpenters salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors
Drywall and Insulation Contractors
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Nonresidential Building Construction
Building Equipment Contractors
Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Utility System Construction
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Building Finishing Contractors
Other Building Equipment Contractors
Construction of Buildings
Specialty Trade Contractors
Poured Concrete Foundation and Structure Contractors
Residential Building Construction
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Masonry Contractors
Roofing Contractors
Land Subdivision

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].


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