Looking for a carpenter for a home improvement project? Here's advice about hiring a carpenter so you'll get professional results on your repair or remodeling work. $40 to $80 is the national average hourly rate for a carpenter.

By Gene And Katie Hamilton


Expect to pay $40 to $80, the national average hourly rate for a carpenter. A trim (also called finish) carpenter has the skills and tools to install woodwork, molding, paneling, flooring, shelving, built-ins, windows and any other wood trim or ornaments in a house. A trim carpenter usually knows the intricacies of house construction because he/she has come up through the ranks of the trade and evolved and perfected using woodworking tools and techniques.

You'll find that many carpenters are on the staff of a general contractor, window installation services and remodeling companies as well as individuals who work as independent contractors. They are found online using a search engine by typing "carpenter in (your town)" in the search box which will direct you to contractor referral services. They advertise in local newspapers, the "Yellow Pages" and often you'll find a business card offering carpentry work on bulletin boards in hardware stores, lumberyards and home centers.


Some trim carpenters specialize in old and traditional houses and they're adept and recreating intricate wood trim.

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