5.9/10 job score
risk level
by 2031
or $23.20 hourly
as of 2021

What is the risk of automation?

We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 18% (No worries)

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What do you think the risk of automation is?

How likely do you think this occupation will be taken over by robots/AI within the next 20 years?

How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Carpenters' job openings is expected to rise 2.2% by 2031
'Carpenters' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031.
Updated projections are due Sep 2023.

What are the median wages for 'Carpenters' in the United States?

In 2021 the median annual wage for 'Carpenters' was $48,260, or $23.20 hourly
'Carpenters' are paid 5.5% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $45,760
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as carpenters?

As of 2021 there were 668,060 people employed as Carpenters within the United States.
This represents around 0.47% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 210 people are employed as Carpenters.

Job description

Construct, erect, install, or repair structures and fixtures made of wood and comparable materials, 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.

SOC Code: 47-2031.00


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Darren Maxwell says
Carpentry will never die completely but the money will/already has....
Skirting Architrave handrails will all be pre cut your already starting to see it now so Everything will be pre fab inevitably the pay scale will just go down and down
Oct 26, 2020 at 12:23 PM
Katlynn says
Why do robots have to take our jobs

What happens when we can't do a job then we can't make money to support us.
Mar 14, 2020 at 09:26 PM
S says
That's where welfare comes in.
Mar 26, 2021 at 06:58 PM
Will says
@Katlynn Don't you know we wont have to work everything will be free like it would be if the world was communist
Jul 09, 2021 at 05:25 AM
Jason (Small chance) says
I would agree with installers which are most carpenters today as I am not I am a custom designer/build from furniture to homes to custom interiors I can build anything from raw materials

There are few carpenters left like me I never feel when the economy, tanks
Mar 02, 2020 at 12:09 PM
BOB da Builder (No chance) says
movement /and split dissensions over thousands of variables
Feb 02, 2020 at 01:27 PM
Nick Bronnenmayer (Small chance) says
I have a lot of different tasks to do and moving to my working positions needs climbing or crawling. Standard houses can be made bi robots, but repairing a 100 year's old roof will stay a job for humans more than 30 years.
Dec 17, 2019 at 06:04 PM
Kieran Green (Small chance) says
I can see it likely that new build houses will be built by robots but I do t think they will be able to retro fit houses which have already been built by humans. And there are still and will be millions of houses to retro fit in decades to come.
Dec 08, 2019 at 11:38 AM
Manuel Castillo (No chance) says
Computers will never be able to problem solve real world situations when it comes to construction whether it's structural, finish and or scenic. Carpenters will not and cannot be replaced by computer.
Oct 05, 2019 at 03:07 PM
Henrik Nielsen says
I mean, its possible, BUT it will require a robot that can move as freely as humans, think with the same level of intelligence and "emotion" as humans (as a captender making a tough call, you think what would the client like, maybe i should focus on making this look good, But how does a robot know what "looks good" under extremely specific situations)

Every job is different, from the setting/location, weather, what and how the client wants, improvising and changing cuts/plans/drawing based on the house/job. No carpenter has ever made a cut without accounting for errors in the house from previous construction.

robots might replace carpenders, electricians, plummers, and all these trades. BUT it will not be easy, like at all. would you hire a robot to do the job a human can do, but worse?
Aug 12, 2019 at 10:19 AM
Mike (Highly likely) says
What you describe as the human element "emotion" is nothing more than an organic algorithm. It will be created in machines and its possible that AI and robots may be able to develop more "emotion" than even humans are capable of. The short of the long is that robots and AI will become better at absolutely everything, and in ways that we will never be able to even comprehend. It's best to just work at what we can while we still can, and to understand that the future will be nothing like this blast off we're in the midst of.
Sep 26, 2019 at 04:06 PM
zack says
Jul 15, 2019 at 01:54 PM
He says
Carpentry is a skilled trade. There's no mass production, you have to think carefully, and good communication is also necessary.
Mar 26, 2019 at 01:01 PM
TJ says
no way, no how

there's just too many variables involved on a day to day basis, not to mention robotics is pretty far away from having viable robots that can actually do the work.
Mar 12, 2019 at 03:32 AM

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