Carpenters are some of the first workers on a job site, and some of the last to leave. They assist in site preparation; build concrete forms and decks; frame walls and roofs; hang interior and exterior walls; install windows, doors, acoustical ceilings, cabinetry, counter tops and trim; and install locks, hardware and specialty furniture. Carpenters work on almost any construction site imaginable, including new construction and remodeling of commercial and residential projects.

Skills Needed

Strong math skills, hand- eye coordination, physical stamina, detail-oriented

Relevant Classes

Algebra, geometry, English, mechanical drawing, shop classes

Education & Training

Learn the trade through a 4-year apprenticeship program

Work Environment

Expect to work indoors and outdoors based on project types and schedules

Job Wages


Average Hourly Wage*

Entry Level






*Compare to Wisconsin minimum wage $7.25/hr

Job Outlook


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Jobs Expected


Through 2020 in Wisconsin

Data source - Wisconsin Worknet 2013

Train for the Trade As An Apprentice

Carpenters train through an apprenticeship program, consisting of 5,840 hours of on the job training and 560 hours of classroom training.

Next Steps