Carpenters bring an interest in building things to their jobs. Some apprentice carpenters get a start working with general building contractors, where they learn to install windows, doors, ceilings and kitchen cabinets. Some carpenters specialize in just one or two things, such as the framing for buildings or molds for concrete. Most carpenters gain their skills through an apprenticeship program that lasts from three to four years. As apprentices gains more experience, their salary increases.
The starting salary for apprentices is typically between 30 and 50 percent of the wage experienced carpenters make, according to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of May 2011, carpenters made an average of $44,330 annually, or $21.31 per hour. For new apprentices, this breaks down to an average salary that may reach up to $22,165 annually or up to $10.66 per hour.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for carpenters is projected to grow 20 percent during the decade between 2010 and 2020. This is faster than the average for all job categories across the nation. New-home construction and remodeling will help drive the market for new carpenters.
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