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Carpentry Schools

As a professor or instructor of carpentry classes at one of the 335 accredited carpentry schools in the country, you play a influential role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in carpentry academia which includes carpentry training at the following levels:

  • Carpentry Certificate
  • Associates degree in Carpentry
  • Bachelors degree in Carpentry
  • Masters degree in Carpentry


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Carpentry professionals

1,021,770 1,006,650 937,200 779,790 656,880
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 656,880 carpentry professionals working in the US. This number has shrunk by 36% over the course of the past 4 years.

And the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010 was 1%. Until 2018 this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Carpentry professionals

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25th percentile
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90th percentile

Carpentry professionals in the US earned a median salary of $46,333 per year in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for carpentry professionals in the US was 25% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Carpentry

$41,500 $42,577 $44,650 $44,997 $46,333
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Carpentry professionals' salaries have grown by 12% between the years 2006 and 2010.

Educational Trends

National Carpentry Student enrollment growth by degree

862 792 810 874 661
41 16 25 21 16
0 0 0 0 0
9 5 3 10 10
3,558 3,884 4,129 4,542 4,458
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Carpentry
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Carpentry
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Carpentry
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Carpentry
  • Grey: Certificate in Carpentry

The career outlook for carpentry professionals is showing a rapid change. However, on the educational front, the story is quite different. In the US, 4,470 students graduated from carpentry degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 5,145 students graduated from carpentry schools.

Thus, in 4 years, there was a 15% growth in the number of carpentry graduates. The growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general has been 12% from 2006 to 2010. Thus, the growth in the number of students graduating from carpentry courses is greater than the change in the number of students graduating in all disciplines in the US.

Carpentry Programs offered Nationwide


It is interesting to note that as student graduation is up, the number of schools offering carpentry programs has decreased. In the year 2006, there were 346 carpentry schools in the US. And in the year 2010, there were 335 schools.

Carpentry Faculty Salaries

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