Drywall Finisher Salary

Men make up the majority of Drywall Finishers in the United States, bringing in about $18.40 per hour. Geography 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. Roughly a fourth enjoy medical while one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in ten. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$22,503 - $87,262
$23K
$41K
$87K
MEDIAN: $41,191
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$12.48 - $29.85
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MEDIAN: $18.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$22,503 - $87,262  
   
Bonus
$-0.50 - $34,765  
Total Pay (?
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$25,785 - $71,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.48 - $29.85  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.90 - $41.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.50 - $34,765  
   
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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$25,785 - $71,199  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 505

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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

Pay by Experience for a Drywall Finisher has a positive trend. An entry-level Drywall Finisher with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 133 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Drywall Finisher with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 110 salaries. An experienced Drywall Finisher which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 228 salaries. A Drywall Finisher with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 193 salaries.

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 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
36%
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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
▼15%

Taping
▼15%

texture
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
36%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 27%
dental benefits
Dental: 14%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
no benefits
None: 72%
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