Construction Carpenters
SOC: 47-2031.01

Description:

Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
945,400 employed

Projected (2024):
1,005,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Aluminum Siding Applicator
  • Aluminum Siding Installer
  • Aluminum Siding Mechanic
  • Asbestos Siding Mechanic
  • Assembled Wood Products Repairer
  • Assembler
  • Beam Builder
  • Boat Builder
  • Boat Carpenter
  • Boat Carpenter Mechanic
  • Boat Finisher
  • Boat Joiner
  • Boat Repairer
  • Boatwright
  • Bowling Alley Floors Installer
  • Brick Siding Applicator
  • Building Carpenter
  • Cabinet Installer
  • Cabinet Maker
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Canoe Builder
  • Car Framer
  • Carpenter Apprentice
  • Carpenter Assembler
  • Carpenter Foreman
  • Carpenter Repairer
  • Carpentry Foreman
  • Carpentry Specialist
  • Casket Assembler
  • Ceiler
  • Composition Siding Worker
  • Composition Weatherboard Applier
  • Concrete Carpenter
  • Construction Framer
  • Construction Superintendent
  • Construction Worker
  • Cooper
  • Counter Installer
  • Crater
  • Custom Applicator
  • Custom Framing Specialist
  • Door Hanger
  • Door Installer
  • Doormaker
  • Floor Coverer Apprentice
  • Flume Worker
  • Foreman
  • Framer
  • Framing Carpenter
  • Framing Specialist
  • Garage Door Hanger
  • Garage Door Installer
  • Hardwood Floor Installer
  • Hardwood Floor Layer
  • Hardwood Flooring Specialist
  • Hogshead Cooper
  • House Carpenter
  • House Repairer
  • Inside Finisher
  • Interior Paneler
  • Interior Systems Carpenter
  • Joiner Apprentice
  • Jointer
  • Laboratory Equipment Installer
  • Lather
  • Lather Apprentice
  • Lay-Out Worker
  • Maintenance Carpenter
  • Mast Maker
  • Metal Tile Lather
  • Metal Weather Stripper
  • Miniature Set Builder
  • Model Set Artist
  • Mold Carpenter
  • Mold Maker
  • Molder
  • Molding and Trim Installer
  • Motion Picture Scene Builder
  • Overhead Garage Door Hanger
  • Panel Installer
  • Picture Framer
  • Pole Frame Construction Worker
  • Prefabricated Houses Trimmer
  • Production Worker
  • Prop Maker
  • Prototype Carpenter
  • Railcar Carpenter
  • Refinisher
  • Residential Builder
  • Residential Carpenter
  • Residential Finish Carpenter
  • Residential Framing Carpenter
  • Roof Assembler
  • Sash Installer
  • Sheather
  • Shingler
  • Ship Carpenter
  • Ship Ceiler
  • Ship Fitter
  • Ship Joiner
  • Shipwright
  • Shipwright Apprentice
  • Sider
  • Sider Mechanic
  • Siding Applicator
  • Siding Installer
  • Siding Mechanic
  • Sign Carpenter
  • Sparmaker
  • Stage Rigger
  • Stair Builder
  • Storm Window Installer
  • Stull Installer
  • Subassembly Assembler
  • Tank Builder and Erector
  • Tank Carpenter
  • Tank Erector
  • Trimmer
  • Weather Strip Installer
  • Weather Strip Mechanic
  • Weather Stripper
  • Window Assembler
  • Window Installer
  • Window Repairer
  • Window Sash Installer
  • Windows and Doors Installer
  • Wood Boatbuilder
  • Wood Boatbuilder Apprentice
  • Wood Car Builder
  • Wood Floor Layer
  • Wood Tank Builder
  • Wood Tank Erector
  • Wooden Tank Erector
  • Woodworker


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Measure and mark cutting lines on materials, using a ruler, pencil, chalk, and marking gauge.
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.
  • Verify trueness of structure, using plumb bob and level.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Study specifications in blueprints, sketches, or building plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required.
  • Assemble and fasten materials to make frameworks or props, using hand tools and wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue.
  • Build or repair cabinets, doors, frameworks, floors, or other wooden fixtures used in buildings, using woodworking machines, carpenter's hand tools, or power tools.
  • Erect scaffolding or ladders for assembling structures above ground level.
  • Remove damaged or defective parts or sections of structures and repair or replace, using hand tools.
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.
  • Select and order lumber or other required materials.
  • Maintain records, document actions, and present written progress reports.
  • Finish surfaces of woodwork or wallboard in houses or buildings, using paint, hand tools, or paneling.
  • Prepare cost estimates for clients or employers.
  • Arrange for subcontractors to deal with special areas, such as heating or electrical wiring work.
  • Inspect ceiling or floor tile, wall coverings, siding, glass, or woodwork to detect broken or damaged structures.
  • Work with or remove hazardous material.
  • Construct forms or chutes for pouring concrete.
  • Cover subfloors with building paper to keep out moisture and lay hardwood, parquet, or wood-strip-block floors by nailing floors to subfloor or cementing them to mastic or asphalt base.
  • Fill cracks or other defects in plaster or plasterboard and sand patch, using patching plaster, trowel, and sanding tool.
  • Perform minor plumbing, welding, or concrete mixing work.
  • Apply shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative paneling to ceilings or walls.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • A-frame levels
  • Air compressors
  • Auger bits
  • Baluster jigs
  • Band saws
  • Bandsaws
  • Beam saws
  • Beam-lifting jacks
  • Belt sanders
  • Biscuit joiners
  • Brad tackers
  • Bubble levels
  • Bullseye levels
  • Calibrating electronic levels
  • Calipers
  • Carpenters' levels
  • Cat's paws
  • Caulking guns
  • Chain saw jigs
  • Circular saws
  • Combination squares
  • Compound miter saws
  • Cordless drills
  • Cross-curve tape measures
  • Dado blades
  • Digital levels
  • Disc grinders
  • Draw chisels
  • Drill presses
  • Drum sanders
  • Electric impact wrenches
  • Electric planers
  • Extension ladders
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Fold-up ladders
  • Framing hammers
  • Framing squares
  • Hammer staplers
  • Hammers
  • Hand saws
  • Handheld calculators
  • Handheld rotary tools
  • Hard hats
  • Impact wrenches
  • Infrared laser levels
  • Joiners
  • Ladder jacks
  • Ladder levelers
  • Ladders
  • Laser levels
  • Laser measuring tools
  • Layout bars
  • Level jigs
  • Lock levels
  • Magnetized levels
  • Marking gauges
  • Measuring tapes
  • Mini pry bars
  • Miter saws
  • Moisture meters
  • Morticers
  • Mortise jigs
  • Multi-tip screwdrivers
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Non-conducting ladders
  • Notebook computers
  • Pencil compasses
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pettibones
  • Phillips head screwdrivers
  • Planes
  • Plumb bobs
  • Plumb lines
  • Plunge routers
  • Pneumatic nail guns
  • Portable routers
  • Power drills
  • Power generators
  • Power routers
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws
  • Power staple guns
  • Protractors
  • Pry bars
  • Pump jacks
  • Push sticks
  • Rabbet planes
  • Radial arm saws
  • Random orbital sanders
  • Reciprocating saws
  • Respirators
  • Right triangles
  • Rotary hammers
  • Rough terrain forklifts
  • Rulers
  • Saw guides
  • Screw jacks
  • Self-stopping levels
  • Shapers
  • Sledgehammers
  • Sliding t-bevels
  • Snips
  • Spirit levels
  • Squares
  • Story pole tape measures
  • Straight screwdrivers
  • Table saws
  • Templates
  • Theodolites
  • Torpedo levels
  • Transit levels
  • Trim routers
  • Truck cranes
  • Utility knives
  • Visible beam laser levels
  • Wall-lifting jacks
  • Water levels
  • Wood chisels
  • Wood files
  • Work boots
  • Worm-drive saws
  • Bosch Punch List
  • Craftsman CD Estimator
  • Drawing and drafting software
  • Estimating software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Intuit Quicken software
  • Job costing software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Renaissance MasterCarpenter
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • VirtualBoss
  • Web browser software
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580