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What is the average pay for a carpenter?

I would like to go into a trade after the highschool and the military. #trades

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Peter’s Answer

According to ZipRecruiter $15-$22 per hour depending on the State, when you are working for someone else. To do better you will either need to run your own business, but get the training needed first. Try to work up to at least a Foreman of a crew. I have many good friends in the construction industry like in tile work, general construction, painting etc. While working for someone has its advantages, such as not worrying about hiring, firing, estimating, customer complaints, project management, supply logistics, taxes, insurance, etc, it is limited on your earning potential. Maybe you are OK with that, and there is nothing wrong with that at all, but keep in mind that physically your body will begin to give out after 20-30 years. Most complained about backs, knees and hands.
So think in these terms, how can you have a life long career in what you like to do? Will you be able to grow in knowledge and be able to teach others? After all, some of the young carpenters after you will probably be looking to learn the ropes from you.
Finally learn to be a good judge of character. Who are the good workers and why? What keeps a good worker for a longer period of time? It isn't always money! What does each worker like, and not like to do, and why?
All of my construction friends that do own their own businesses would say the hardest part of their job was finding reliable workers. It is hard to find those that do a good job the way you want it done, show up on time every day, and even willing to work extra hours when needed to meet deadlines.
Hope that helps, best wishes!
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Atul’s Answer

Most carpenters who work for a builder are given a contract vs. being an employee. How do I know this? I bought a brand new home and was heavily involved in the design. So you will wind up getting 1099 vs. W2.
If you do work for a company that hires you as a carpenter, most likely you will learn very quickly that you can do better on your own. First, master the art of carpentry and venture out to sign up w/ a builder, or home remodeler, or architect.
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