Although cabinets are mass-produced today, there is still a fairly high demand for specialized cabinet makers. Depending on the geography, level of skill and educational attainment, the salary for a bench carpenter or cabinet maker may vary.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the employment rate for woodworkers is expected to increase by six per cent between 2008 and 2018. This growth is a bit slower than average, attributed to the slow economy and automation in wood products, Thus, highly-trained individuals and those that specialize in a particular kind of skill have better opportunities than the ones who do not. In May 2010, it was reported by the BLS that an average annual wage of $31,790 was earned by the 84,170 bench carpenters and cabinet makers working in the United States.