Skilled Trade


 Average Hourly Wage


What You Need

  • 18 years old
  • 576 classroom hours
  • 8,000 hours on the job training

Job description

Carpenters build or remodel almost every kind of structure, including houses and commercial buildings, bridges, churches, factories, and highways. They work with power and hand tools to build wood framing for houses, roofs, stairs, decks, and sheaths, and forms for concrete. Carpenters install doors, windows, and handrails, build cabinets, and counter tops. Carpenters perform interior and exterior finish work. They read blueprints, measure accurately, and calculate dimensions.

Working conditions

Carpenter work is very physical and involves standing, climbing, kneeling, lifting, and squatting. Carpenters must be in good health, agile, and have good hand-eye coordination. Work conditions vary with each job.

Length of apprenticeship

The apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 576 hours per year of related classroom training and a total of 8,000 hours on-the-job training.

Minimum qualifications

Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications such as a High School Diploma or GED.


Beginning apprentices start at approximately 60 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required related class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase periodically until the journey-level rate is reached.

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