How Much do Carpenters Make?

Do carpenters make a lot of money? What is the average pay for carpenters?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, carpenters in the United States earn an average of $52,850 a year, equivalent to $25.41 an hour. Carpenters make 1% less than the average American worker.

Carpenters in Hawaii are the best paid, making $76,930 a year, while carpenters in South Dakota make the least at $37,190.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Carpenter Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $40.72 $84,690
75th $30.31 $63,050
50th $23.24 $48,330
25th $17.86 $37,140
10th $14.51 $30,170
Carpenter Wages by State

In what states do carpenters make the most? In what states do carpenters make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $20.08 $41,770
Alaska $31.74 $66,020
Arizona $21.72 $45,180
Arkansas $18.07 $37,580
California $29.70 $61,780
Colorado $23.88 $49,680
Connecticut $28.27 $58,790
Delaware $24.71 $51,390
Florida $19.71 $40,990
Georgia $22.74 $47,300
Hawaii $36.98 $76,930
Idaho $18.97 $39,450
Illinois $32.08 $66,720
Indiana $23.47 $48,820
Iowa $21.40 $44,520
Kansas $20.52 $42,670
Kentucky $22.31 $46,400
Louisiana $22.68 $47,160
Maine $21.07 $43,830
Maryland $23.94 $49,790
Massachusetts $29.75 $61,880
Michigan $23.69 $49,280
Minnesota $26.66 $55,460
Mississippi $18.53 $38,550
Missouri $28.24 $58,740
Montana $22.05 $45,870
Nebraska $18.99 $39,490
Nevada $25.57 $53,180
New Hampshire $23.83 $49,560
New Jersey $32.31 $67,200
New Mexico $19.28 $40,090
New York $31.66 $65,850
North Carolina $18.49 $38,450
North Dakota $21.05 $43,780
Ohio $24.05 $50,030
Oklahoma $20.33 $42,290
Oregon $25.96 $54,010
Pennsylvania $26.35 $54,810
Rhode Island $25.32 $52,670
South Carolina $22.49 $46,780
South Dakota $17.88 $37,190
Tennessee $20.01 $41,610
Texas $19.84 $41,270
Utah $21.12 $43,920
Vermont $22.15 $46,070
Virginia $21.26 $44,220
Washington $30.58 $63,600
West Virginia $21.09 $43,870
Wisconsin $25.10 $52,200
Wyoming $24.45 $50,860
Metro Areas Where Carpenters Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Honolulu, HI $37.81 $78,650
Salinas, CA $35.75 $74,350
Atlantic City, NJ $35.71 $74,280
San Francisco, CA $34.37 $71,490
New York, NY $34.15 $71,040
Vallejo, CA $33.98 $70,680
Santa Rosa, CA $33.87 $70,450
Fairbanks, AK $33.80 $70,310
Olympia, WA $33.75 $70,200
Chicago, IL $33.74 $70,190
Carpenter Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $25.41 $52,850
2018 $24.58 $51,120
2017 $23.86 $49,630
2016 $23.24 $48,340
2015 $22.49 $46,780
2014 $21.92 $45,590
2013 $21.62 $44,980
2012 $21.41 $44,520
2011 $21.31 $44,330