Ever wonder how wage and other employment data compare for remodeling-­related occupations? Here are some answers from The Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11* from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CARPENTERS

  • Employment is expected to grow 13% from 2008 to 2018
  • Held about 1.3 million jobs in 2008
  • 32% are self-employed
  • 22% work for specialty trade contractors
  • Median hourly wages of wage and salary carpenters: $18.72
  • Median hourly wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of carpenters:

• nonresidential building construction: $21.08
• building finishing contractors: $19.37

• residential building construction: $18.24

• foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors: $17.67

• employment services: $15.81

INTERIOR DESIGNERS

  • Employment is expected to grow 19% from 2008 to 2018
  • Held about 71,700 jobs
  • Median annual wages: $44,950
  • Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of interior designers:

• architectural, engineering, and related services: $49,290.
• specialized design services: $45,470

• building material and supplies dealers: $40,040

  • For residential design projects, self-employed interior designers and those working in smaller firms usually earn a per-hour consulting fee, plus a percentage of the total cost of furniture, lighting, artwork, and other design elements they specify

ARCHITECTS

  • Employment to grow 16% from 2008 to 2018
  • Held about 141,200 jobs. Approximately 68% of jobs were in the architectural, engineering, and related services industry. A small number worked for residential and nonresidential building construction companies and for government agencies
  • 21% of architects are self-employed
  • Median annual wages of wage-and-salary architects: $70,320

*Edition data is from May 2008