Drywall Finisher Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Drywall Finishers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $18.21 per hour nationwide. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. One in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one-tenth collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$19,463 - $85,367
(Median)
$19K
$36K
$85K
MEDIAN: $35,842
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$12.80 - $30.49
(Median)
$13
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$19,463 - $85,367  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,056  
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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$26,351 - $70,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 21
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.80 - $30.49  
   
Overtime
$16.48 - $42.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,056  
   
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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$26,351 - $70,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 336
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Drywall Finisher

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


Drywall Finishers with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $31K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $35K. Drywall Finishers bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Drywall Finishers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $43K on average.

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Experience Affects Drywall Finisher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
41%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 21% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 79%
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