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Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers
Quick Facts : Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers*
2010 Median Pay$38,290
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012129,600
Job Outlook29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change37,300


Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboards to walls and ceilings inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboards for painting, using tape and other materials. Many workers do both installing and taping.

What Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers Do

  • Review design plans to minimize the number of cuts and waste of wallboard
  • Cut drywall to the right size, using utility knives and power saws
  • Put tiles or sheets of shock-absorbing materials on ceilings  
  • Apply tape and use sealing compound to cover joints between wallboards
  • Sand all joints and holes to a smooth, seamless finish

Work Environment

Drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers spend most of the day standing, bending, or stretching. Injuries include falls from ladders or stilts, cuts from sharp tools, and muscle strains from lifting heavy materials. The work also can be dusty, irritating the skin, eyes, and lungs.
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Job Outlook

Employment of drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers is projected to grow 29 percent from 2010 to 2020 because home improvement and remodeling projects also are expected to create jobs because existing homes and other buildings are getting old and need repair.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers was $38,290.
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Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

38290

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers*
Percent Change in Employment

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

28.7809

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

Most drywall and ceiling tile installers and tapers learn their trade informally by helping more experienced workers and gradually being given more duties. They start by carrying materials, lifting, and cleaning up. Then they learn to measure, cut, and install or apply materials. Employers usually give some on-the-job training that may last from 1 to 12 months.
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