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.

$24,255 - $87,735
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$41K
$88K
MEDIAN: $41,330
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$12.46 - $29.97
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$24,255 - $87,735  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$25,906 - $71,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $29.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.44 - $43.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$25,906 - $71,100  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 473

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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.

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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.

Drywall Finisher Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Drywall Finisher?

Drywall Finisher in Houston:
"Fine, if you have no drive."
Pros: I get to work with my hands and meet new faces and learn other trades by watching/talking with others. I able to watch my work progress day-by-day.
Cons: Work is hard to come by, and if you're raising a family, this isn't the best option. I'm constantly told to go back to school and get a better job.

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Key Stats for Drywall Finisher

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
037
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
37%
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Experience Affects Drywall Finisher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Drywall Finisher Salaries

drywall finisher
up arrow 5%

National Average
$40,000

Drywall
up arrow 6%

Tools
up arrow 6%

finisher
up arrow 6%

Painting
up arrow 14%

Taping
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 26%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
dental benefits
None: 73%
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