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Drywall Finisher Salary

Men make up the majority of Drywall Finishers in the United States, bringing in about $17.97 per hour. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Drywall Finishers. Medical benefits are awarded to just over one in five, and one in seven earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$24,080 - $87,586
(Median)
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88K
MEDIAN: $46,843
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$12.40 - $28.99
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$24,080 - $87,586  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
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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$25,881 - $67,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.40 - $28.99  
   
Overtime
$16.21 - $39.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,002  
   
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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$25,881 - $67,619  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
United States (change)

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.


For Drywall Finishers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $29K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $36K. Drywall Finishers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $39K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $42K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Experience Affects Drywall Finisher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 22 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
33%
20 years or more
42%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 15%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 78%