Model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
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Education
Only 11% of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers have bachelor's degrees than 68% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Woodworkers (specialized areas), with 14,700 workers, form a smaller workforce than 79% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for woodworkers (specialized areas) are expected to grow by 3%, and should have about 1,900 job openings a year.
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Salaries
The median (middle) salary for 83% of all other jobs is higher than the middle salary for woodworkers (specialized areas). The graph shows inflation-adjusted salaries for most woodworkers (specialized areas).
This job's median $31KAll jobs' median $39K$30K$38K20142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K
Context: Median Salary
Gender
Women account for 8% of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers -- that's a smaller percentage than 80% of other jobs.
Gender of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, the median men's salary was 40% more the median woman's salary.
Race/Origin
About 8% of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers are minority, and 15% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (15%)
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Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Woodworkers (Specialized Areas) per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. The darker the blue, the higher the job density.
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Job benefits
Employer or union-sponsored pension plans are offered to 23% of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, and 51% have company-sponsored health insurance (9% have dependents enrolled in their employer's health plan).
Employer-provided health coverage for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
100% premiums covered
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Salary and diversity
Salary overview
What do model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers earn?

In this section, we want to give you a clear idea of what you can expect to earn in this career. We use two sources of data here: the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which asks employers to classify their workforce and to report salaries using the SOC-specialty level of reporting, and the American Community Survey (ACS), which asks people to classify their jobs using the broad classifications that ididio uses for career profiles, and to self-report their salaries. For some jobs, the differences in survey approaches between BLS and ACS can paint a very different end-picture. In particular, the ACS data is reported for the larger career group model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, which combines the data for 3 careers, including woodworkers (specialized areas). Whenever possible, we provide data from both sources.

The BLS-compiled salary data is reported by companies for their employees. This data is classified by SOC specialty, and excludes self-employed workers. We first show the distribution of salaries for woodworkers (specialized areas), and then we show how the middle (median) salary for woodworkers (specialized areas) compares to the BLS-computed median salaries of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for woodworkers (specialized areas) (BLS Salary Data)
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Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
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We compiled household data from the ACS to determine the salaries that people working at least 35 hours a week report themselves to earn. Unlike the BLS estimates, this data includes self-employed wages. Additionally, we only have ACS survey data for the larger career category and not for the specialty level. We first show the full salary distribution for all model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, and then we show how the median (middle) salary for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers compares to the median ACS-reported salary of other careers.
Distribution: Salaries for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers (ACS Salary Data)
$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
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Employers and salary
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, and following we show the salary distributions for these workers based on those employer types. For some careers, the salaries can be vastly different between private, government, and self-employment. As with our salary overview, we view the both the BLS economists' salary profiles and the household-reported salaries from ACS to get a thorough understanding of where woodworkers (specialized areas) work and for what salary. We have the great faith in the accuracy of economist-vetted BLS data; however, the BLS restrictions on which employers are surveyed skews the data a bit (read more in the sources), and the ACS responses provide different and useful categorizations of employers and salaries.
Employers of Model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers (ACS)
Private for-profit (68.5%)
Private not-for-profit (2.3%)
Local government (0.3%)
State government (0.2%)
Federal government (1.5%)
Self-employed incorporated (9.1%)
Self-employed not incorporated (17.7%)
Working without pay (0.5%)
Distribution: Salaries of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, which combines the 3 specialties for this career.
$32K$32K$40K$31K$76K$57K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedFederal governmentLocal governmentPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of woodworkers (specialized areas) by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty woodworkers (specialized areas), and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$31K$51K$30K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000Federal governmentPrivateAll
Age and career advancement
Salary growth for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? This first chart suggests how much this job rewards experience with increased salaries.

Now let's dive a little deeper. Take a minute a look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

We only provide this data when there are enough consistent ACS survey responses to allow a reasonable margin of error, so for some careers you will see gaps in our reporting of salary by age.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Gender and Equity
Model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers and gender

With 8% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 80% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
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Gender of Model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
Men (92%)
Women (8%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

As we'll illustrate at the bottom of this section, the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 21%, and the difference for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers tops that, with the median salary for men 40% higher than the median salary for women. This chart shows you the salary range for most workers by gender.

$24K$34K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KWomenMen
Context: Salary Inequity

Nationwide there are twenty careers for which men do not have a higher median (middle) salary than women. The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary, for most jobs. Model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers have one of the higher percentage increases for men's salary, with the increase for the men's median salary over the women's median salary in this job even higher than that for 91% of other jobs.

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Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Race/Origin
Race and origin of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers

The representation of minority and foreign-born workers is quite different between careers, and the relative pay of those workers also varies significantly between careers. There is a smaller percentage of minority model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers than for 97% of other careers. Although this career does not include a large percentage of minorities, it does hire more foreign-born people that most other careers.

Race/origin of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
White (86% )
Other (5% )
Black (3% )
Asian (2% )
Multiracial (1% )
Hispanic (1% )
American Indian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
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Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
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Distribution: Salaries for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$28K$33K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KOtherWhite
Distribution: Salaries for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers by nativity
$29K$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

Our only sources for career data containing age, gender, or origin/race come from the Census Bureau. To provide these breakdowns, we have aggregated ACS person-level career survey responses by career, gender, race, and age. These graphics reflect the results of our aggregations, and are useful for identifying trends. A careful statistical study of the impact of age, gender, and race on salaries would correct for other factors that could be contributing to salary differences.

Part-time/Full-time
Model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 18% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 65% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
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Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers is shown following.

$10K$32K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education requirements and salary
Education attained by woodworkers (specialized areas)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), woodworkers (specialized areas) typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey. Following, we investigate whether education level influences salary for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers.

Education attained by model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Deg/Doct
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers? Below we see the distribution of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers salaries based on the education attained. These comparisons are based on all survey responses by those who identified themselves as model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, and are not intended as a statistical analysis of salary differences that would correct for non-educational factors that could contribute to high or low earnings.

$30K$32K$36K$41K$33K$0$20K$40K$60KNone (21%)High School (38%)Some College (21%)Associate's Degree (9%)Bachelor's Degree (9%)
Certificate/Associate's degree pathways

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click a program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Program
Education
Education level of awarded degrees
Less than bachelor's
bachelor's degree
Higher than bachelor's
Gender
Gender of graduates
Men
Women
Race/Origin
Race/origin of graduates
White
Minority
International
Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Cabinetmaking and Millwork
574
Furniture Design and Manufacturing
123
Woodworking
107
Specialized Study in Woodworking
53
Switching Careers
Most common new jobs
The most common next careers for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers

What jobs will most model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkersCarpentersManagers (specialized areas)Assemblers and fabricators (specialized areas)CashiersPainting workersFirst-line supervisors of production and operating workersWood sawing machine setters and operatorsArtists and related workersHand packers and packagersWelding, soldering, and brazing workersCabinetmakers and bench carpentersSewing machine operatorsRetail salespersonsMachinistsPurchasing managersTransportation attendantsParts salespersonsDesignersMaintenance and repair workersInstallation, maintenance, and repair workers
Lateral career moves
Lateral job transitions for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 9 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers as well as 1% of respondents after working as model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Lateral-move careers for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Retail salespersons
641,300
$0$200K$31K
Carpenters
116,300
$0$200K$34K
Managers (specialized areas)
93,700
$0$200K$73K
Designers
69,900
$0$200K$52K
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
52,500
$0$200K$40K
Painting workers
18,100
$0$200K$35K
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters
12,000
$0$200K$32K
Wood sawing machine setters and operators
6,200
$0$200K$28K
Assemblers and fabricators (specialized areas)
2,700
$0$200K$31K
Full prior and next career listings
Prior and next careers for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Choose which type of transition to view
Prior jobs
Next jobs
Prior careers for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers
Annual openings
How many openings are expected each year?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate
Gender
Men
Women
Percentage Transitioning
What percentage worked in this job the previous year?
Retail salespersons
641,300
$0$200K$31K
1.3%
Hand laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
434,700
$0$200K$29K
1.6%
Driver/sales workers and truck drivers
407,900
$0$200K$42K
1.4%
Construction laborers
179,300
$0$200K$31K
1.4%
First-line supervisors of retail sales workers
165,500
$0$200K$40K
2.1%
Elementary and middle school teachers
161,600
$0$200K$52K
1.4%
Carpenters
116,300
$0$200K$34K
9.6%
Managers (specialized areas)
93,700
$0$200K$73K
8.8%
Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
71,600
$0$200K$45K
1.5%
Designers
69,900
$0$200K$52K
1.3%
Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers
54,400
$0$200K$40K
1.2%
Construction equipment operators
53,000
$0$200K$47K
2.2%
Welding, soldering, and brazing workers
52,500
$0$200K$40K
1.4%
Painters and paperhangers
41,400
$0$200K$29K
1.4%
Production workers
35,800
$0$200K$32K
7.5%
Mechanical engineers
22,900
$0$200K$84K
1.6%
Chief executives and legislators
21,100
$0$200K$96K
1.6%
Painting workers
18,100
$0$200K$35K
1.4%
Printing press operators
15,800
$0$200K$37K
1.8%
Cabinetmakers and bench carpenters
12,000
$0$200K$32K
8.2%
Trends in employment
Salary trends
Distribution and trends: Salaries for woodworkers (specialized areas)
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Adjusted for inflation
Historic dollars

In 2018, the median (middle) for 83% of all other jobs were higher than the median (middle) salary for woodworkers (specialized areas). This graphic shows how the salary distribution (adjusted for inflation) has changed for this job over recent years. The gray line, as a comparison, shows the median salary of all US workers.

This job's median $31KAll jobs' median $39K$28K$38K200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$20K$40K$60K
Projected versus actual employment
Exploring actual employment trends versus projected trends

Currently, jobs for woodworkers (specialized areas) are anticipated to grow by 3% over the next decade; 60% of jobs are projected to grow more.

The projected employment for woodworkers (specialized areas) is the best guess created by talented economists and statisticians at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, as you look through several careers you'll notice that the projections are heavily influenced by past performance and may miss current trends. No one can tell the future, and as new information and better techniques are developed, actual counts and future projections may change. Here's a glimpse at the actual counts versus the projections over time.

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Employment counts
Actual measured employment
BLS 10-year predictions
Variation by state
Employment
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most woodworkers (specialized areas)? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as woodworkers (specialized areas). You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Woodworkers (Specialized Areas) per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salary
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where woodworkers (specialized areas) earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all model makers, patternmakers, and other woodworkers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Woodworkers (Specialized Areas) (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which woodworkers (specialized areas) earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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