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541 Associates's Degrees Annually
3 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#72 in Popularity (Associate's)
$51,120 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Carpentry Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many carpentry/carpenter graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 1,938
Undergraduate Certificate 1,584
Associate’s Degree 541
Bachelor’s Degree 3

What Carpentry Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to carpentry were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Carpentry Majors

Carpentry majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Carpentry Majors

A major in carpentry prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Carpentry Majors

As you progress with your carpentry degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

What Can You Do With a Carpentry Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with carpentry:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Construction Carpenters 8.2% $46,590
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
Rough Carpenters 8.2% $46,590
Solar Energy Installation Managers 12.6% $65,230

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Carpentry?

541 Associate's Degrees Annually
9% Percent Women
31% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 91% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of carpentry majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Carpentry Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 18
Black or African American 43
Hispanic or Latino 62
White 331
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 85

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Carpentry. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Carpentry Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $51,120 to $70,540 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to carpentry. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with carpentry may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for carpentry careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 12.4%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 39.8%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 23.6%
Some College Courses 15.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 6.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 1.2%
Master’s Degree 0.7%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.8%

Online Carpentry Programs

In 2018-2019, 279 schools offered a carpentry program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 142 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 202 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 22 1
Associate’s Degree 83 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 142 1
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Carpentry Worth It?

The median salary for a carpentry grad is $51,120 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 28% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $224,400 after 20 years!

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References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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