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.
|Salary||$24,255 - $87,735|
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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).)
|$25,906 - $71,395|
|Hourly Rate||$12.46 - $30.31|
|Overtime||$17.82 - $44.17|
|Total Pay (||$25,906 - $71,395|
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.Read More...
Many commercial drywall companies require their drywall finishers to have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, though some will consider applicants with only relevant work experience and some prefer those who have attended a trade school and worked as an apprentice. Candidates must be dependable and pay close attention to detail, and should also be physically fit and have manual dexterity. They must be comfortable working in confined spaces and able to climb, balance, bend, crouch, crawl, or stand for long periods of time.
Drywall finishers may need to wear special protective gear, and employers often require them to wear work uniforms and specific shoes. They must strictly follow all safety procedures and guidelines established by their companies, as well as rules and regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Drywall finishers must be able to work in a team environment, and some may be required to attend additional training classes and relevant workshops or train and coach new drywall finishers.
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.
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.
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