Carpenter Careers

Carpenters can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson carpenter (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn up to $40.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of carpenters is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased levels of new homebuilding and remodeling activity will require more carpenters.

Carpenters build and repair building frameworks and structures—such as stairways, doorframes, partitions, rafters and bridge supports—made from wood and other materials. They also may install kitchen cabinets, siding and drywall.

Because carpenters are involved in many types of construction, from building highways and bridges to installing kitchen cabinets, they work both indoors and outdoors.

Carpenters learn their trade through a registered program that is typically cost-free to the student. Usually, a high-school diploma or equivalent is required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for future carpenters is run through United Brotherhood of Carpenters and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.