How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Carpenter?

When you're looking to hire a carpenter, expect to pay from $35 - $100 per hour on average. The cost is often is based on a minimum charge of 1 1/2 to 2 hours or a per-job rate.

Why such a wide range of prices? Costs vary according to where you live and how complicated the job is.

Hire a carpenter for 3 types of tasks related to wood:

  1. Rough carpentry (structural) -- for example, frame a house, build a deck, add a closet, or construct an outbuilding
  2. Finish carpentry -- install cabinets, doors, moldings, shelves, trim, and windows
  3. Repair -- repair a deck, remedy dry rot

 

Cost Breakdown

The cost to hire a carpenter includes:

  • Labor -- Confirm in advance how your carpenter's labor charge will be calculated, by the job or per hour.
  • Cleanup -- Cleanup is typically included in the job.
  • Tools -- Expect your carpenter to furnish his own tools, as a rule.

Other costs may or may not be included:

  • Materials -- Materials are not included unless specified in advance.
  • Estimate -- The initial estimate, which may include an onsite inspection, is often free.

 

Choose the Best Carpenter for the Job

Hire a qualified journeyman general carpenter for most residential carpentry work. Hire a finish carpenter for the more refined carpentry work, such as joinery and built-in furniture.

Whatever type of carpentry service you need, be sure to hire only licensed carpenters.  The carpentry contractor and any employees must be covered by liability insurance and workers' compensation.

Request a bond for any job worth over $500.

Get the Most for Your Money

Organize a list of small carpentry jobs that need to be taken care of around your home. Then save money by hiring a carpenter for a half or full day block to deal with them all. This almost always works out cheaper than having them done individually.

Be sure to obtain a building permit, if necessary, before your carpenter begins work.