Graduates of our Preservation Carpentry program go on to be restoration carpenters, museum conservators, owners of full-service design/build companies, and more.

Some of the notable organizations for which they’ve worked include:

More than 90% of our graduates work in related fields. However, it’s difficult to find statistical employment data for specialized trades like preservation carpentry. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) classifies this as Carpentry, which includes many specialized trades. Visit the DOL website to explore the general outlook for carpentry careers. Payscale reports wage data for the Historic Preservation Industry. This classification doesn’t match the description for preservation carpentry exactly, but you can use it as a general guide. According to Payscale, the average annual salary for a construction superintendent in the historic preservation industry was $40,461 as of 2016. The median salary for an Architectural Historian is listed as $48,757 as of 2018. Comparatively, the average annual salary for carpenters was $44,460.

Job openings for preservation carpenters depend heavily on geographic location. Areas with high concentrations of historic properties will have more opportunities for preservation carpenters. Visit the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) to see a map.

Of course, there are many more places than those listed in the NRHP that need skilled preservation carpenters. Visit the following pages to view opportunities in historic preservation:

Questions? Contact Rob O'Dwyer, Director of Admissions, at 617-227-0155 x111 or
Apply Now
Brahm Wilson PC '14

When I left the [Marines] I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do, but I knew that I cared about history, the built environment, and having an active lifestyle. I chose NBSS because I wanted a program that would focus on the physical practice of historic preservation.

Brahm Wilson PC '14