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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

47-2081 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fireproofing, or acoustical material. Excludes "Carpenters" (47-2031), "Carpet Installers" (47-2041), and "Tile and Stone Setters" (47-2044).


National estimates for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
Industry profile for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
Geographic profile for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

National estimates for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
99,700 2.4 % $ 24.97 $ 51,930 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.37 $ 17.86 $ 22.82 $ 29.80 $ 40.90
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,890 $ 37,140 $ 47,460 $ 61,980 $ 85,070


Industry profile for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 80,090 9.96 $ 25.14 $ 52,300
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,830 0.85 $ 26.33 $ 54,780
Residential Building Construction 6,520 0.82 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,110 0.34 $ 25.32 $ 52,660
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 570 0.25 $ 18.63 $ 38,750

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 80,090 9.96 $ 25.14 $ 52,300
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,830 0.85 $ 26.33 $ 54,780
Residential Building Construction 6,520 0.82 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,110 0.34 $ 25.32 $ 52,660
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 570 0.25 $ 18.63 $ 38,750

Top paying industries for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Real Estate 80 (7) $ 29.84 $ 62,070
Building Equipment Contractors 290 0.01 $ 27.76 $ 57,730
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,830 0.85 $ 26.33 $ 54,780
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 3,110 0.34 $ 25.32 $ 52,660
Building Finishing Contractors 80,090 9.96 $ 25.14 $ 52,300


Geographic profile for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 30,520 1.86 2.59 $ 29.58 $ 61,520
Florida 6,560 0.78 1.08 $ 17.96 $ 37,360
Texas 6,540 0.54 0.75 $ 18.70 $ 38,900
New York 5,180 0.60 0.83 $ 24.93 $ 51,860
Washington 4,220 1.32 1.84 $ 34.78 $ 72,340




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 3,660 2.46 3.43 $ 21.67 $ 45,080
Nevada 2,930 2.34 3.27 $ 20.77 $ 43,190
California 30,520 1.86 2.59 $ 29.58 $ 61,520
Idaho 1,130 1.57 2.19 $ 18.20 $ 37,870
Arizona 4,010 1.41 1.97 $ 21.29 $ 44,290




Top paying states for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 660 1.14 1.59 $ 38.28 $ 79,630
Washington 4,220 1.32 1.84 $ 34.78 $ 72,340
Oregon 1,250 0.69 0.96 $ 29.58 $ 61,530
California 30,520 1.86 2.59 $ 29.58 $ 61,520
Missouri 730 0.27 0.38 $ 29.22 $ 60,780





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 9,170 1.58 2.20 $ 29.08 $ 60,480
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,640 0.64 0.89 $ 25.83 $ 53,730
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,010 2.69 3.76 $ 26.07 $ 54,230
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,890 1.67 2.33 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,310 2.36 3.30 $ 27.51 $ 57,230
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,910 1.49 2.08 $ 36.65 $ 76,230
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,910 1.38 1.92 $ 21.86 $ 45,460
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,710 2.46 3.43 $ 33.08 $ 68,800
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,380 0.66 0.93 $ 19.11 $ 39,750
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,350 1.61 2.25 $ 26.01 $ 54,090




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. George, UT 420 6.17 8.62 $ 21.01 $ 43,690
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,020 3.90 5.44 $ 18.87 $ 39,250
Provo-Orem, UT 950 3.75 5.24 $ 19.49 $ 40,530
Santa Rosa, CA 710 3.67 5.12 $ 34.54 $ 71,840
Logan, UT-ID 200 3.42 4.77 $ 20.72 $ 43,100
Bellingham, WA 240 2.99 4.18 $ 37.78 $ 78,580
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,010 2.69 3.76 $ 26.07 $ 54,230
Santa Fe, NM 150 2.64 3.68 $ 19.96 $ 41,510
Fresno, CA 980 2.60 3.62 $ 32.85 $ 68,330
Reno, NV 580 2.58 3.61 $ 18.37 $ 38,210




Top paying metropolitan areas for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 110 1.65 2.30 $ 43.58 $ 90,640
Bellingham, WA 240 2.99 4.18 $ 37.78 $ 78,580
Urban Honolulu, HI 480 1.15 1.61 $ 37.58 $ 78,170
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,910 1.49 2.08 $ 36.65 $ 76,230
Santa Rosa, CA 710 3.67 5.12 $ 34.54 $ 71,840
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,890 1.67 2.33 $ 34.25 $ 71,240
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,710 2.46 3.43 $ 33.08 $ 68,800
Fresno, CA 980 2.60 3.62 $ 32.85 $ 68,330
Modesto, CA 310 1.73 2.41 $ 32.41 $ 67,410
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $ 32.25 $ 67,090

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 270 2.40 3.35 $ 26.00 $ 54,080
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 140 1.01 1.41 $ 17.42 $ 36,230
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.69 0.97 $ 19.80 $ 41,190
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 130 2.71 3.77 $ 19.95 $ 41,490
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.08 1.51 $ 32.63 $ 67,870

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 130 2.71 3.77 $ 19.95 $ 41,490
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 270 2.40 3.35 $ 26.00 $ 54,080
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 1.47 2.05 $ 18.60 $ 38,680
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 1.14 1.59 $ 17.67 $ 36,750
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.08 1.51 $ 32.63 $ 67,870

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 70 0.73 1.02 $ 34.61 $ 71,990
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.08 1.51 $ 32.63 $ 67,870
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.64 0.90 $ 32.30 $ 67,190
Eastern Sierra-Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 27.99 $ 58,220
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 27.53 $ 57,250


About May 2020 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021