U.S. woodworking industry statistics: Who works where

What are the top U.S. states for woodworking and how much can you earn in the different industries? Check out the three infographics for details, plus find more market data in the December 2018 FDMC Wood Industry Almanac.

Click on the image to enlarge. Job information shown for cabinetry, residential furniture, contract/office furniture, architectural woodwork, store fixtures, windows & doors, flooring, wood containers and pallets, and engineered wood products manufacturing.

Fast Facts: U.S. forestry industry

In 2017, an estimated 937,500 people were employed in the U.S. forest products industry, according to research by Statista. Of that, 428,500 were in the wood products sector, 373,400 in pulp and paper, and 135,600 in forestry and logging.

The USDA report, U.S. Forest Resource Facts and Historical Trends (2014) notes domestic timber inventory is only 10% of the world’s total, and 96% of  U.S. consumption comes from domestic supplies.


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Karen Koenig | Editor

Karen M. Koenig has more than 30 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As editor of special publications under the Woodworking Network brand, including the Red Book Best Practices resource guide and website, Karen’s responsibilities include writing, editing and coordinating of editorial content. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media. She can be reached at [email protected]