Drywall Finisher Salary

Drywall Finishers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $18.07 per hour. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About a fourth enjoy medical while roughly one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-tenth. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$21,405 - $72,625
(Median)
$21K
$36K
$73K
MEDIAN: $35,976
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$12.56 - $30.15
(Median)
$13
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,405 - $72,625  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,762  
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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$25,694 - $69,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 39
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.56 - $30.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.50 - $41.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,762  
   
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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$25,694 - $69,915  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 413
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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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Professional skills reported by Drywall Finishers are few in number. Most notably, skills in Drywall, drywall finisher, Tools, and finisher are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include finisher and Tools.

Pay by Experience Level for Drywall Finisher

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Drywall Finishers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $30K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. Drywall Finishers see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $43K.

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Experience Affects Drywall Finisher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Entry-Level
up arrow 22%

Skills That Affect Drywall Finisher Salaries

Drywall
up arrow 8%

drywall finisher
up arrow 5%

National Average
$38,000

Tools
up arrow 12%

finisher
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 24%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
medical benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 76%
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