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All About Rough Carpenters

Career Description Build rough wooden structures, such as concrete forms, scaffolds, tunnel, bridge, or sewer supports, billboard signs, and temporary frame shelters, according to sketches, blueprints, or oral instructions.

A Day in the Life of a Rough Carpenter

  • Anchor and brace forms and other structures in place, using nails, bolts, anchor rods, steel cables, planks, wedges, and timbers.
  • Dig or direct digging of post holes and set poles to support structures.
  • Measure materials or distances, using square, measuring tape, or rule to lay out work.
  • Cut or saw boards, timbers, or plywood to required size, using handsaw, power saw, or woodworking machine.
  • Examine structural timbers and supports to detect decay, and replace timbers as required, using hand tools, nuts, and bolts.
  • Install rough door and window frames, subflooring, fixtures, or temporary supports in structures undergoing construction or repair.

Rough Carpenter Required Skills

These are the skills Rough Carpenters say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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

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

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Other Rough Carpenter Job Titles

  • Iron Worker
  • Wharf Builder
  • Braddisher
  • Bridge Repair Crew Person
  • Closet Builder

Job Outlook for Rough Carpenters

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 1,025,600 jobs in the United States for Rough Carpenter. 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 Rough Carpenter by 2026. There will be an estimated 104,400 positions for Rough Carpenter per year.


The states with the most job growth for Rough 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.

How Much Does a Rough Carpenter Make?

Rough Carpenters make between $28,860 and $82,750 a year.


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

How much do Rough 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

Tools & Technologies Used by Rough Carpenters

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Drawing and drafting software
  • Bosch Punch List

Becoming a Rough Carpenter

Education needed to be a Rough Carpenter:


How many years of work experience do I need?


Where do Rough Carpenters Work?


Rough Carpenters work in the following industries:


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