Cabinetmakers fabricate and repair wooden furniture, and fit and assemble prepared wooden parts to make furniture.

Specialisations: Antique Furniture Reproducer, Antique Furniture Restorer, Chair and Couch Maker, Coffin Maker.

You usually need an apprenticeship in cabinet making to work as a Cabinetmaker.

Tasks

  • examining drawings, work orders and sample parts to determine specifications
  • selecting and working with materials such as timber, veneers, particle board and synthetic wood
  • marking out, cutting and shaping wood
  • working from drawings and specifications to make furniture
  • making fittings for boats, caravans and other items where fine detail is required
  • assembling parts to form sections of furniture and completed articles
  • fitting hinges, locks, catches, drawers and shelves
  • making frames for chairs and couches
  • may repair and refurbish furniture and antiques

All Cabinetmakers

  • $1,050 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 24,900 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Cabinetmakers (in their main job) is about the same as 5 years ago and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 24,900 in 2018 to 24,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 6,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,200 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Many Cabinetmakers work in Victoria.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,050 per week (lower than the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are under 25 years of age (23%).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Cabinetmakers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Cabinetmakers.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200827500
200926500
201027700
201128600
201223300
201324700
201429900
201526200
201626300
201730400
201824900
202324900

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsCabinetmakersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10501460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing76.2
Construction17.8
Other Services2.4
Retail Trade1.1
Other Industries2.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateCabinetmakersAll Jobs Average
NSW22.331.6
VIC31.725.6
QLD22.120.0
SA7.97.0
WA12.810.8
TAS1.02.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketCabinetmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-198.0-5.05.0
20-2414.8-9.39.3
25-3424.9-22.922.9
35-4421.0-22.022.0
45-5417.4-21.621.6
55-597.1-9.09.0
60-644.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.4-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationCabinetmakersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.5-10.110.1
Bachelor degree2.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.0-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV67.5-21.121.1
Year 1212.9-18.118.1
Year 114.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below9.6-12.512.5

You usually need an apprenticeship in cabinet making to work as a Cabinetmaker.

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Furnishing Industry VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Cabinetmakers who are hardworking, reliable and work well in a team.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Building and Construction

    62% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  2. Design

    58% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Mechanical

    57% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  4. Production and Processing

    56% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  5. Engineering and Technology

    53% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7011.00 - Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    95% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    93% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Indoors, Not Heat Controlled

    88% Important

    How often do you work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat)?

  5. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    86% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-7011.00 - Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters.

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