Build, install, and repair structures made of wood, steel, and concrete.

Average wage in the State of Hawaii (May 2021)*:
$38.08 / hour
$79,200 / per year

Typical Entry -Level Education**:
High school diploma or equivalent

On-the-job Training**:

Work Environment**:
Carpenters work indoors and outdoors on many types of construction projects, from installing kitchen cabinets to building highways and bridges.

How to Become a Carpenter**:
Carpenters typically learn on the job and through apprenticeships.

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  • Commercial carpenters build and finish walls and ceilings in hospitals, malls, schools, and stadiums using concrete forms and metal stud framing.
  • Industrial carpenters assemble scaffolding or bracing and build forms for tunnels, bridges, dams, and power plants.
  • Residential carpenters construct, fix, and renovate walls, floors, and frames in homes and apartments.

* State of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism “Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics” (2021) (

** Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (