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Drywall Finisher Salary

Men make up the majority of Drywall Finishers in the United States, bringing in about $18.15 per hour. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to between a fifth and a fourth, and one in eight earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$23,387 - $86,162
(Median)
$23K
$40K
$86K
MEDIAN: $40,000
10%
50%
90%

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$12.65 - $29.20
(Median)
$13
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$23,387 - $86,162  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,259 - $66,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.65 - $29.20  
   
Overtime
$16.54 - $38.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,024  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$26,259 - $66,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288

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Job Description for Drywall Finisher

  • Paint finished drywall.
  • Patch, tape, sand, mud, and plaster drywall to remove seams and fill gaps.
  • Hang drywall on walls and ceilings, cutting to fit.
  • Travel to sites and bring materials.

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Pay by Experience Level for Drywall Finisher

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $29K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $42K.

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Experience Affects Drywall Finisher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
35%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 78%