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Carpenter

Career Overview  

Construct, erect, install, and repair structures and fixtures of wood, plywood, and wallboard, using carpenter's hand tools and power tools. 

Skills and Abilities

Carpenters need manual dexterity, eye-hand coordination, physical fitness, and a good sense of balance. The ability to solve arithmetic problems quickly and accurately also is required. Specific skills include: construct, erect, or repair wooden frameworks or structures; read specifications in blueprints, sketches or building plans; prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required; shape or cut materials to specified measurements; use hand tools, machines, and/or power saws; install structures and fixtures, such as windows, frames, flooring, and trim, or hardware; climb ladders and scaffolding; follow safety procedures. 

AVERAGE SALARY

  • $47,640 (annually)
  • $22.90 (hourly)

Salary Ranges (entry level > experienced) 

  • $32,016 - $64,760 (annually)
  • $15.39 - $31.14 (hourly)

*SOURCE: Occupational Employment Statistics Program, US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, for Colorado, from May 2018. https://www.bls.gov/oes/

 * Entry Level wage rates based on the average of the lower 1/3 of the wage distribution. Experienced wage rates based on the average of the top 10% of the wage distribution.

VIDEO SOURCE: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration on careeronestop.org

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