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How will your carpentry education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a carpentry certificate at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. There are 342 traditional carpentry schools in the US.

Top Schools

The following schools that have carpentry programs were ranked top in the nation in 2010:

  1. Rhode Island School of Design - located in Providence, Rhode Island
  2. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York
  3. Johnson College - located in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Student Demographics

In 2010, certificates in carpentry were earned by 5,145 students in the US. Of these students, 4,458 received certifications in carpentry, 677 received an undergraduate degree in carpentry, and 10 received a graduate-level degree in carpentry.


Students can pursue education in carpentry at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Carpentry
  • Bachelor's Degree in Carpentry
  • Master's Degree in Carpentry
  • Certificate in Carpentry

During the course of their carpentry education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Construction
  • Materials
  • Wood Working
  • Quality Control Analysis


The average tuition at carpentry schools around the nation was $11,270 per year in 2010. The highest tuition was charged by the following carpentry schools:

  1. Rhode Island School of Design - located in Providence, Rhode Island, students paid $36,659
  2. Rochester Institute of Technology - located in Rochester, New York, students paid $29,283
  3. Landing School of Boat Building and Design - located in Kennebunkport, Maine, students paid $17,360

The lowest tuition was charged by the following carpentry schools:

  1. Navajo Technical College - located in Crownpoint, New Mexico, students paid $1,555
  2. Pamlico Community College - located in Grantsboro, North Carolina, students paid $1,635
  3. Pearl River Community College - located in Poplarville, Mississippi, students paid $1,880

How will your carpentry job compare?

Carpenter is the profession of choice for a large number of carpentry graduates. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 620,410 carpenters. The following states have the largest number of carpenters:

  1. California - 63,610 Carpenters
  2. New York - 50,180 Carpenters
  3. Pennsylvania - 34,150 Carpenters

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the number of people working as a carpenter will grow by 7%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 1,452,010 carpenters working in the US. The projected growth for carpenters is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 19%
  2. Texas - 16%
  3. Nebraska - 13%


In the US, a carpenter earns on average $41,730 per year. However, the salary for a carpenter can greatly vary based on factors such as your previous performance reviews, work conditions or location. A carpenter in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,590 per year to more than $106,020 per year. On average, a carpenter earns the most in the following states:

  1. Hawaii - $66,170 per year
  2. Alaska - $60,600 per year
  3. Nevada - $57,450 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for carpenters:

  1. South Dakota - $30,790 per year
  2. Oklahoma - $31,050 per year
  3. Mississippi - $31,090 per year

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Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Carpenters 620,410 $43,890 -33.7%
Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters 84,170 $31,790 -30.8%
Helpers--Carpenters 46,910 $26,890 -54.0%
Woodworkers, All Other 8,610 $27,910 -18.4%