Drywall Finisher Salary
Men represent the vast majority of Drywall Finishers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.25 per hour nationwide. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Roughly one in four enjoy medical while one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-tenth. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$24,255 - $87,735|
|Total Pay (||$25,906 - $71,100|
|Hourly Rate||$12.46 - $29.97|
|Overtime||$17.44 - $43.21|
|Total Pay (||$25,906 - $71,100|
Job Description for Drywall Finisher
Drywall finishers work primarily for construction companies, and some even run their own businesses, to apply finish to interior or exterior walls, ceilings, building partitions, and so on. Candidates must have knowledge of taping, wall texture, and sheetrock finishing and be able to use basic hand tools, and those with prior commercial construction experience are often preferred by employers. Relevant artistic talents may also be beneficial to produce decorative surfaces.Read More...
Many commercial drywall companies require their drywall finishers to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, though some will consider applicants with only relevant work experience and some prefer those who have attended a trade school and worked as an apprentice. Candidates must be dependable and pay close attention to detail, and should also be physically fit and have manual dexterity. They must be comfortable working in confined spaces and able to climb, balance, bend, crouch, crawl, or stand for long periods of time.
Drywall finishers may need to wear special protective gear, and employers often require them to wear work uniforms and specific shoes. They must strictly follow all safety procedures and guidelines established by their companies, as well as rules and regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Drywall finishers must be able to work in a team environment, and some may be required to attend additional training classes and relevant workshops or train and coach new drywall finishers.
Drywall Finisher Tasks
- Hang drywall on walls and ceilings, cutting to fit.
- Travel to sites and bring materials.
- Paint finished drywall.
- Patch, tape, sand, mud, and plaster drywall to remove seams and fill gaps.
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Pay by Experience Level for Drywall Finisher
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Drywall Finishers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. Drywall Finishers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $41K. As Drywall Finishers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $44K.
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