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What Does it Take to Be a Construction Carpenter?

Example of Construction Carpenter Job Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter’s hand tools and power tools.

Daily Life Of a Construction Carpenter

  • Assemble and fasten materials to make frameworks or props, using hand tools and wood screws, nails, dowel pins, or glue.
  • Arrange for subcontractors to deal with special areas, such as heating or electrical wiring work.
  • Install structures or fixtures, such as windows, frames, floorings, trim, or hardware, using carpenters' hand or power tools.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Inspect ceiling or floor tile, wall coverings, siding, glass, or woodwork to detect broken or damaged structures.
  • Construct forms or chutes for pouring concrete.

Construction Carpenter Required Skills

When polled, Construction Carpenters say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Other Construction Carpenter Job Titles

  • Miniature Set Builder
  • Window Repairer
  • Assembler
  • House Carpenter
  • Tank Builder and Erector

Construction Carpenter Job Outlook

In the United States, there were 1,025,600 jobs for Construction Carpenter in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 83,800 new jobs for Construction Carpenter by 2026. The BLS estimates 104,400 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Construction Carpenter are Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, New Mexico, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Construction Carpenter

The salary for Construction Carpenters ranges between about $28,860 and $82,750 a year.

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Construction Carpenters who work in Hawaii, Illinois, or Alaska, make the highest salaries.

How much do Construction Carpenters make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $40,310
Alaska $66,240
Arizona $43,460
Arkansas $36,390
California $59,860
Colorado $47,640
Connecticut $57,910
Delaware $49,960
District of Columbia $53,470
Florida $40,660
Georgia $45,850
Hawaii $73,070
Idaho $38,760
Illinois $66,280
Indiana $47,970
Iowa $42,660
Kansas $43,300
Kentucky $47,320
Louisiana $45,910
Maine $42,230
Maryland $48,870
Massachusetts $60,970
Michigan $47,740
Minnesota $52,610
Mississippi $37,740
Missouri $55,220
Montana $42,480
Nebraska $39,080
Nevada $53,140
New Hampshire $47,150
New Jersey $63,230
New Mexico $39,430
New York $62,880
North Carolina $37,180
North Dakota $42,850
Ohio $47,940
Oklahoma $42,990
Oregon $48,680
Pennsylvania $53,450
Rhode Island $51,090
South Carolina $44,490
South Dakota $36,340
Tennessee $39,620
Texas $40,370
Utah $42,160
Vermont $44,590
Virginia $43,750
Washington $60,800
West Virginia $43,570
Wisconsin $50,760
Wyoming $48,750

What Tools & Technology do Construction Carpenters Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Construction Carpenters may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Web browser software
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Intuit Quicken
  • Estimating software
  • Drawing and drafting software
  • Job costing software
  • Craftsman CD Estimator
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold
  • Web page creation and editing software
  • Bosch Punch List
  • VirtualBoss

How to Become a Construction Carpenter

Education needed to be a Construction Carpenter:

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Construction Carpenters Are Employed

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The table below shows the approximate number of Construction Carpenters employed by various industries.

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