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Carpet Installers

Carpet Installers
Quick Facts : Carpet Installers*
2010 Median Pay$36,090
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201247,500
Job Outlook10% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change4,900


Carpet installers lay carpet in homes, offices, restaurants, and many other types of buildings. They spend a lot of time bending and kneeling. And while their work isn?t as dangerous as that of some other construction trades, carpet installers still experience a high rate of injuries and illnesses.

What Carpet Installers Do

  • Inspect the condition of the surface to be covered
  • Install a padded cushion underneath the carpet
  • Roll out, measure, mark, and cut the carpet
  • Fit the carpet so that it lays evenly and snugly
  • Tack, glue, or staple carpeting to hold it in place

Work Environment

Carpet installers spend a lot of time bending and kneeling. Although their work is not as dangerous as that of some other construction trades, carpet installers still experience a high rate of injuries and illnesses.
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Job Outlook

Employment of carpet installers is projected to grow 10 percent from 2010 to 2020. Carpet is the most commonly used floor covering in the United States, and the need to replace carpet is the major source of demand for installers.
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Pay

The average salary of carpet installers was $36,090 in May 2010.
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Carpet Installers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Carpet Installers

36090

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Carpet Installers*
Percent Change in Employment

Carpet Installers

10.3158

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Carpet Installers

Most carpet installers learn by helping more experienced workers and gradually getting more duties while training on the job. New carpet installers start by helping to move carpet, after which they progress to cutting and trimming carpet. Some workers learn to install carpet while working in another construction occupation, such as carpentry or construction labor.
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