Drywall Finisher Salary

Men make up the majority of Drywall Finishers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $18.34 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Though the majority of Drywall Finishers do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one-fourth, and close to a seventh earn dental coverage. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$24,255 - $87,735
$24K
$41K
$88K
MEDIAN: $41,330
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90%

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$12.46 - $30.31
$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.34
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$24,255 - $87,735  
   
Bonus
$4,913  
Total Pay (?
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$25,906 - $71,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.46 - $30.31  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.82 - $44.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$4,913  
   
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 - $71,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 472

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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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $32K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $38K. For Drywall Finishers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $45K.

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.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
37%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Drywall Finisher Salaries

▲11%

▲1%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Skills That Affect Drywall Finisher Salaries


National Average
$40,000

Tools
▼2%

finisher
▼7%

Drywall
▼8%

Painting
▼14%

Taping
▼14%

texture
▼17%

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
20%
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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