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Salary, Wages, Pay: Woodworkers




Median hourly earnings of cabinetmakers and bench carpenters were $12.16 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $9.69 and $15.51. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $8.00, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $19.28. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of cabinetmakers and bench carpenters in May 2004 are shown below:

Office furniture (including fixtures) manufacturing $13.42
Household and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing 11.83
Other wood product manufacturing 11.82

Median hourly earnings of sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood, were $10.91 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $8.95 and $13.34. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.46, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $16.20. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of sawing machine setters, operators, and tenders, wood, in May 2004, are shown below:

Sawmills and wood preservation $11.82
Veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing 11.49
Household and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing 10.65
Other wood product manufacturing 10.49

Median hourly earnings of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing, were $10.93 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $8.93 and $13.40. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $7.55, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $16.33. Median hourly earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of woodworking machine setters, operators, and tenders, except sawing, in May 2004, are shown below:

Office furniture (including fixtures) manufacturing $11.66
Veneer, plywood, and engineered wood product manufacturing 11.19
Household and institutional furniture and kitchen cabinet manufacturing 11.00
Sawmills and wood preservation 10.83
Other wood product manufacturing 10.47

In May 2004, median hourly earnings were $11.35 for furniture finishers and $10.16 for all other woodworkers.

Some woodworkers, such as those in logging or sawmills who are engaged in processing primary wood and building materials, are members of the International Association of Machinists. Others belong to the United Brotherhood of carpenters and Joiners of America.