How to Make Your Next Carpenter Hire

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Last updated at 09-17-2020 17:57:54



More than 16,038 companies advertise 55,238 Carpenter jobs on SimplyHired and its partner sites each year. After analyzing job postings and salary information from these companies, as well as direct job seeker feedback, we’ve compiled a list of insights to show you how to attract and hire your next Carpenter most efficiently.

Hiring Process

In the past quarter, we’ve seen 20,246 job posts from 8,017 employers in the United States. This is a increase of 35.3% compared to the previous quarter. On average, there are 29 Carpenter job seekers for every active Carpenter job, which shows that it is a job seeker's market.

Writing a Job Description

In the past quarter, Carpenter, Laborer, Construction Worker, Delivery Driver, Maintenance Technician, Warehouse Worker, Lead Carpenter, Installer, Handy Man, and Finish Carpenter seem to be the most sought after jobs amongst the Carpenter candidates in the United States. This is pretty consistent compared to the same data in the last 6 quarters. If you use one of these currently popular titles in the job description, you'll likely be able to attract a lot more candidates to apply.

For the Carpenter candidates who are actively applying to jobs in this same period, we see that 21.0% of the active Carpenter candidates have less than 3 years of experience, 16.0% have between 3-5 years of experience, 22.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 40.5% have over 10 years of experience. The average years of experience has shifted from an estimated 10.2 years to 10.4 years. If you're posting a job in today's market, expect candidates with about the same experience level to apply to your job compared to the last 2 quarters.

In the previous quarter, the most popular skills that employers are looking for include carpentry, construction, communication skills, frame carpentry, power tools, English, osha, hand tools, renovation, and customer service. Demand for painting, hand tools, renovation, siding, osha, English, power tools, roofing, construction estimating, and auto estimating has significantly increased. If you are looking for a Carpenter with a similar skill set, be sure to follow industry best practices in skill requirements.

Job posts with salary information received about 1.7 as many applies as those without it. In the past quarter, less than 57.6% of the job posts displayed salary information. By adding salary information to your job posting, you could potentially increase the number of applicants by approximately 70.0%.

Example Carpenter responsibilities

  • Measure and mark cutting lines
  • Measure and cut materials for building purposes
  • Install, repair, or replace frames and stairways
  • Align structural components to meet building specifications
  • Claim damages for faulty products or building errors


Active Recruiting

When reaching out to candidates, it’s best to understand where to look. We’ve identified hiring trends in states as well as companies regularly hiring for Carpenter positions. This should provide a good place to start looking for qualified candidates. According to our data in the last quarter: Pennsylvania, Florida, New York, Texas, and California are the states that have the highest demand for Carpenters. Florida, Texas, New York, California, and Pennsylvania are where most job seekers are searching for Carpenter jobs. If we look at the Carpenter to job ratio, South Dakota, Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, and Alabama have the lowest number of Carpenter applicants per job. Illinois, Rhode Island, Arkansas, Nevada, and Wyoming have the most active Carpenter job seekers per job.

Passive Recruiting

While actively recruiting candidates for your role, you should also post your job to SimplyHired. By posting for free and paying only for the qualified applicants you want, your post will automatically go to a network of job boards to reach millions of qualified candidates. With SimplyHired, it doesn’t end with the post. You can track your applicants throughout the hiring process with our simple and easy to use Applicant Tracking System (ATS).

Review Candidates

In the last quarter, we estimate there are 394,315 job seekers interested in Carpenter opportunities in the United States. That’s a 27.2% increase compared to the previous quarter with 465,996 active job seekers. Around 21.0% of the active Carpenter candidates have less than 3 years of experience, over 16.0% have between 3-5 years of experience, 22.6% have 6-10 years of experience, and 40.5% have over 10 years of experience. The average experience level of the available Carpenter candidates is 10.4 years. Active candidates in the Carpenter profession most commonly have high school diplomas, followed by associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees. When setting education requirements for your position, aligning with the industry standard makes it easier to find potential candidates. Application rates indicate that Carpenter candidates are likely experiencing a market in which applicants have greater negotiating power. From an employer perspective, you'll likely have to attract several times more candidates to make a hire compared to other professions.

Interviewing Candidates

Interview Process

*Self-reported data collected from 7,104 Carpenters from 1/1/2020 to 6/30/2020, via online employer reviews for companies including Tradesmen International, Campbell Construction Ltd., Fluor Corp., Suntec Concrete, Turner Industries, CARPENTERS UNION, NULL, Peopleready, Stier Supply Company, and Carpentry Contractors Company.

After analyzing post-interview data from Carpenter candidates in the last 6 months, we see more than 70.7% of the candidates self-reported being hired within 1 to 2 days. Around 93.4% of the candidates for this job reported being hired within 2 weeks. If your process takes longer than 2 weeks in the recent market, you'll likely lose these candidates to other employers. Most of the Carpenter candidates are expecting a on-site interview, phone call/screening, background check, and drug test. Most employers do not require a they have no interview, group interview, or problem solving exercises. If you are trying to hire your next Carpenter quickly, consider simplifying and streamlining the hiring process. As for the interview experience, more than 68.9% of the candidates had a good or great interview experience, and more than 50% of the candidates thought that the interview leaned more towards easy.

Example Interview Questions

  • What do you like most about being a carpenter?
  • What is the number one skill you have for a carpentry career?
  • Describe your management style.
  • What do you like least about being a carpenter?
  • How do you keep up to date with current and new technologies related to carpentry?

Final Review and Offer

Reference Check

Checking references is a quick and easy way to check for any red flags that didn’t arise to this point in the hiring process. Great insights can be provided by former colleagues and employers.

Crafting an Offer: Salary and Benefits

The average Carpenter salary offered by employers increased for 3 out of 6 consecutive quarters in the United States. In the last quarter, we see a increase of 18% from $47,808.34 to $56,460.29 compared to the quarter before, which is the biggest increase in the past 6 quarters. For Carpenter positions, the most common benefits job seekers reported being offered by employers include: healthcare insurance by 64.9%, dental insurance by 49.6%, paid time off by 47.0%, vision insurance by 43.3%, a 401k plan by 42.9%, discounts by 15.3%, and stock options/grants by 5.6%. While still relatively rare, more and more employers now offer flexibility benefits, including maternity leave, fully remote, sabbaticals, mostly remote, flexible working hours, location variety, paternity leave, and somewhat remote, to attract and retain Carpenter candidates to their organization.

Background Check and Drug Test

According to self-reported job seeker feedback, 18.2% of the employers conducted a background check, and 18.2% of the employers conducted a drug test prior to the hiring of their Carpenter candidates.


When you’re ready to hire a Carpenter, SimplyHired is here to help with your next steps. Our Human Resources Information System (HRIS) provides onboarding tools and other essential HR tools. From document signing to time off tracking, our HRIS will help you seamlessly move a Carpenter candidate through the hiring and onboarding process.

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