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Carpenters Build California

North/Central California

Average yearly earnings

$41k - $68k

Bay Area California

Average yearly earnings

$54k - $86k

Southern California

Average yearly earnings

$43k - $72k

Build California - Carpenters

Carpenters:

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.


AVERAGE WAGE

$21/hour +

Apprentice

$36/hour +

Journeyperson


Demand through 2026 : Extreme

What You’ll Need

  • High School Diploma or GED High School Diploma or GED
  • + 4 Years on-the-job Training + 4 Years on-the-job Training
  • + other requirements + other requirements

BUILD CALIFORNIA IS A CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REBRANDING AND RECRUITMENT CAMPAIGN.

Today 70% of college students graduate with student loans, averaging about $37,000 and dismal job prospects in their desired field. Despite increased media attention about on-going labor shortages and other workforce development efforts, young people simply aren’t considering (let alone pursuing) careers in the trades. According to AGC of America, 80% of contractors “report difficulty finding qualified craft workers to hire as [the] association calls for measures to rebuild workforce.”

So where’s the disconnect? The problem lies in people’s perception of the industry. We have to change hearts and minds – we have to redefine our industry; we have to re-educate Californians, and we have to invest in our own legacy so that future generations aspire to be tradespeople. Build California’s pioneering approach utilizes a mix of marketing, advertising, public relations, and grassroots outreach tactics in order to actively engage with Californians of all ages about the lucrative, long-term, and immediate benefits of careers in the state’s construction industry.

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