Occupational Employment Statistics


51-7011 Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

Cut, shape, and assemble wooden articles or set up and operate a variety of woodworking machines, such as power saws, jointers, and mortisers to surface, cut, or shape lumber or to fabricate parts for wood products. Excludes “Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders" (51-7040).

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 22056$18.42/hr$11.88/hr$15.39/hr$18.29/hr$22.39/hr$24.72/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Professional and Business Services110$21.01/hr
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/A$15.37/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$22.41/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$21.50/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 40$21.10/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 70$18.90/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 80$17.95/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 130$20.58/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 180$18.34/hr11.6%
Southeast Balance of State 180$19.86/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 220$18.29/hr-17.7%
Southwest Balance of State 220$19.15/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 280$20.79/hr-9.2%
Northwest Balance of State 290$18.17/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 300$21.78/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 710$20.08/hr9.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,550$21.30/hr1.3%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,860$20.83/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,040$20.49/hr3.1%

Occupations EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Patternmakers, Wood N/AN/AN/A
Sheet Metal Workers 2,860$30.16/hr7.9%
Machinists 10,980$24.58/hr5.5%
Model Makers, Metal and Plastic 60$19.92/hr-4.7%
Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers 10,020$22.42/hr6.8%
Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing N/A$17.50/hrN/A
Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic 5,400$20.74/hr-4.0%
Sawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Wood 670$18.34/hr4.4%
Boilermakers 40$35.56/hr1.9%
Upholsterers 200$17.42/hrN/A

  • Establish the specifications of articles to be constructed or repaired or plan the methods or operations for shaping or assembling parts, based on blueprints, drawings, diagrams, or oral or written instructions.
  • Trim, sand, or scrape surfaces or joints to prepare articles for finishing.
  • Attach parts or subassemblies together to form completed units, using glue, dowels, nails, screws, or clamps.
  • Match materials for color, grain, or texture, giving attention to knots or other features of the wood.
  • Cut timber to the right size and shape and trim parts of joints to ensure a snug fit, using hand tools, such as planes, chisels, or wood files.
  • Set up or operate machines, including power saws, jointers, mortisers, tenoners, molders, or shapers, to cut, mold, or shape woodstock or wood substitutes.
  • Perform final touch-ups with sandpaper or steel wool.
  • Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture.
  • Reinforce joints with nails or other fasteners to prepare articles for finishing.
  • Produce or assemble components of articles, such as store fixtures, office equipment, cabinets, or high-grade furniture.