Drywall Finisher Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Drywall Finishers earn an average of $18.07 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Drywall Finishers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Close to one-fourth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-seventh collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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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90%

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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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Survey takers who work as Drywall Finishers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Drywall, drywall finisher, Tools, and finisher are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include finisher and Tools.

Pay by Experience Level for Drywall Finisher

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


Drywall Finishers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $35K. Drywall Finishers see a median salary of $39K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Drywall Finishers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $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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