Men account for the majority of Drywall Finishers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $18.10 per hour. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to approximately one in four, and about a seventh earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$21,873 - $74,190
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$22K
$41K
$74K
MEDIAN: $40,534
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$12.31 - $29.71
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$12
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$21,873 - $74,190  
   
Bonus
$3,500  
Total Pay (?
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$25,488 - $69,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 45
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.31 - $29.71  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.17 - $42.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$3,500  
   
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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$25,488 - $69,720  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 439
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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

  • 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Drywall Finishers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $31K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Drywall Finisher Reviews

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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Experience Affects Drywall Finisher Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Drywall Finisher Salaries

drywall finisher
up arrow 6%

Drywall
up arrow 2%

Tools
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

finisher
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
10%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

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