Average Annual Wages, May 2021

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood, such as concrete forms; building frameworks, including partitions, joists, studding, and rafters; and wood stairways, window and door frames, and hardwood floors. May also install cabinets, siding, drywall and batt or roll insulation. Includes brattice builders who build doors or brattices (ventilation walls or partitions) in underground passageways.

In May 2020, the average annual wages for carpenters in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

All data is from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Nonresidential Building Construction


Building Finishing Contractors


Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors


Residential Building Construction


Employment Services


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The Carpentry program provides you with the technical skills to build, install and/or repair residential, commercial, and industrial structures such as floors, walls, roofing, windows, and doors, as well as interior and exterior building structures.

Upon graduation from this program, you will have learned how to construct, repair and install building framework and structures made from wood and other building materials.

You will learn how to safely use the tools of the trade to assist with cutting and shaping wood, plastic, fiberglass or drywall, and how to use a wide range of tools, from a hammer and nails to welding machines.

Hands-on work and troubleshooting applications in a classroom and lab setting are also presented to include various angle cuts, assembling and aligning walls, building roof systems, blueprint reading, and the safe usage of various hand and power tools needed for this trade.

You will have the opportunity to complete the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour safety certification, the National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) Levels I, II, III, IV and CPR/Basic Life Support.

Industry-Focused Instruction

We meet with employers to assess industry needs. Our small class sizes and simulated work environments are a chance for you to learn and practice your new skills. You will train closely with our dedicated and experienced instructors.

We give you the knowledge you need to succeed

Our dedication to your education goes past enrollment. We offer career placement assistance to help you with your resume, job search, and interview prep.