In the Philippines, a Carpenter’s fee per day ranges from P450 - P600 depending on their skills. Overseas, such as in the U.S. and Canada, the average monthly salary for a Carpenter is $3,083.

Basic Educational Requirement

The basic educational requirement is at least high school graduate and have taken a vocational course in carpentry in any institutions accredited by TESDA. Most employers would require at least 3 to 5 years experience in construction.

Cost of Training *

There is no specific educational requirement to be a Carpenter. However, employers often prefer applicants with a high school diploma. High school education would normally range from P25,000 - P40,000 per year in private universities and about P3,000 to P5,000 in public institutions. The training cost in carpentry approximately ranges from P5,000 to 7,000 in private technical schools and about P3,000 to P5,000 in public training institutions.

Employment Opportunities

Most Carpenters are self-employed. However, job opportunities should be best for those with the most training and skills. There are demands for highly skilled carpenters in the Middle East where construction industry is booming. For local employment, there will always be an available job each year because the occupation is so large, meaning that many people are always entering and leaving the occupation.Carpenters can work in the following industries: Construction, Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities, Public Administration and Defense, Compulsory Social Security, Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities and in Private Households.

Prospects for Career Advancement

Highly skilled Carpenters can be promoted as field supervisor or foreman.

Nature of Work

A Carpenter constructs and builds small and big structures. He plays an important role in construction, often times, he does most of the wood works. He builds according to the design and layout of engineers.


  • Builds and constructs using different kinds of woods such as ply wood, lumbers, wallboard to make a strong structure;
  • Builds and constructs according to the design, layout and blueprints;
  • Repairs or reconstructs damage wood portion;
  • Deals with Engineers and foreman regarding with the structure they will make;
  • Estimates the portion or the area to work on; and
  • Examines the woods to be used.

Skills and Competencies

  • Must have broad knowledge in construction industry;
  • Knowledge in different kinds of woods and how to utilize it;
  • Knows how to construct, repair damage wood portions; and
  • Knowledge on engineering skills, measuring length, sizes and does estimations.

Physical Attributes and Characteristics

  • Must have strong built to carry heavy loads;
  • Can follow directions accurately and easily; and
  • Must have good manual dexterity.

* Based on 2011 rates.