What does a Carpenter do?

Carpenters construct, install, and repair a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial structures and fixtures. In general, carpenters work with wood, steel, and concrete. Carpenters are also often involved with demolition and maintenance of these structures and fixtures. These jobs can vary from installing doors on an office building to building bridges.

Most carpenters learn the trade through an apprenticeship that lasts 3 to 4 years and focuses on the fundamentals like sawing, measuring, sketching, and reading blueprints. In addition to the technical training, there is a focus on safety training as well. Carpenters must have manual dexterity, an eye for detail, and the ability to solve problems quickly as they arise.

What responsibilities are common for Carpenter jobs?
  • Install, maintain, and repair a variety of products, ranging from cabinets to insulation to tile to drywall
  • Perform work in accordance with safety best practices
  • Maintain tools and equipment in safe operating condition
  • Conduct building inspections and identify needed repairs
  • Document repairs and maintain thorough records
  • Cut, shape, and alter materials as needed
  • Build doors, cabinets, and windows
  • Measure and mark materials for alterations
What are the typical qualifications for Carpenter jobs?
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Minimum of 3 years of general carpentry experience and completion of an apprenticeship, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Forklift certification preferred
  • Asbestos awareness training preferred
  • Strong reading, writing, and speaking skills (in English)
  • Ability to read, interpret, and follow blueprints, technical diagrams, and schematics
  • Comfortable using ladders and scaffolding
  • Demonstrated ability to operate hand, air, and power tools
  • Able to lift and move up to 50 pounds regularly
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Avg. Experience8+ years

Carpenter Salaries

Average Base Pay

£36,713 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£28K
Median: £37K
£48K
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Carpenter Career Path

Learn how to become a Carpenter, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Carpenter
£36,713/yr
L3
Senior Carpenter
£46,151/yr
L4
Carpenter IV
£36,713/yr
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
10%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
12%
8+
45%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Carpenter Insights

Read what Carpenter professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
BalaniBalani
Custom Clothier
26 May 2022

“Balani is constantly providing you opportunities and resources to learn more and get better at what you do.”

SharecareSharecare
Forms Completion Specialist
14 Feb 2022

“Good nice people and ethnic”

Picture Frames and Art
Custom Framer
3 Apr 2022

“It was fun and creative work.”

Grant Larson ProductionsGrant Larson Productions
Carpenter
21 Mar 2022

“She took me in when I knew nothing and gave me the opportunity to learn and grow with them.”

IBEW Local 150IBEW Local 150
Carpenter
2 Mar 2022

“Good good good good good”

City of New YorkCity of New York
Carpenter
16 Mar 2020

“Good pay is good to work”

Green Rhino BuildersGreen Rhino Builders
Carpenter
5 Mar 2021

“Good contractor extremely good at what they do”

LIPMANLIPMAN
Carpenter
25 Apr 2022

“Good work life balance was great”

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Carpenter Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Carpenter

When working as a Carpenter, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Strong WORK Ethic, Professionalism, Well Organized, Written Communication and Finish Carpentry.

The most similar professions to Carpenter are:
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Estimator
  • Construction Superintendent

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Construction Project Manager
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Construction Estimator
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