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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
97,070 2.3 % $ 26.35 $ 54,810 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.64 $ 18.27 $ 23.09 $ 29.80 $ 45.96
Annual Wage (2) $ 30,460 $ 38,000 $ 48,040 $ 61,980 $ 95,600


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 79,600 9.84 $ 26.14 $ 54,370
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,110 0.79 $ 31.11 $ 64,710
Residential Building Construction 5,760 0.69 $ 27.63 $ 57,460
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,450 0.26 $ 24.89 $ 51,770
Employment Services 950 0.03 $ 20.04 $ 41,670

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 79,600 9.84 $ 26.14 $ 54,370
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,110 0.79 $ 31.11 $ 64,710
Residential Building Construction 5,760 0.69 $ 27.63 $ 57,460
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 800 0.34 $ 16.61 $ 34,550
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,450 0.26 $ 24.89 $ 51,770

Top paying industries for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,110 0.79 $ 31.11 $ 64,710
Building Equipment Contractors 390 0.02 $ 28.16 $ 58,570
Residential Building Construction 5,760 0.69 $ 27.63 $ 57,460
Building Finishing Contractors 79,600 9.84 $ 26.14 $ 54,370
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,450 0.26 $ 24.89 $ 51,770


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.



Map of employment of drywall and ceiling tile installers by state, May 2021


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 29,820 1.80 2.62 $ 32.84 $ 68,310
Texas 7,180 0.59 0.85 $ 21.13 $ 43,960
Florida 6,600 0.77 1.11 $ 19.62 $ 40,800
New York 5,240 0.61 0.88 $ 25.84 $ 53,740
Washington 4,040 1.26 1.83 $ 32.46 $ 67,510


Map of location quotient of drywall and ceiling tile installers by state, May 2021


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)
Idaho 1,390 1.84 2.67 $ 20.43 $ 42,500
Nevada 2,340 1.81 2.63 $ 21.45 $ 44,620
California 29,820 1.80 2.62 $ 32.84 $ 68,310
Hawaii 830 1.51 2.19 $ 38.75 $ 80,590
Utah 2,340 1.51 2.19 $ 21.13 $ 43,960


Map of annual mean wages of drywall and ceiling tile installers by state, May 2021


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 830 1.51 2.19 $ 38.75 $ 80,590
California 29,820 1.80 2.62 $ 32.84 $ 68,310
Washington 4,040 1.26 1.83 $ 32.46 $ 67,510
Oregon 1,790 0.98 1.42 $ 31.18 $ 64,860
Minnesota 850 0.31 0.45 $ 29.34 $ 61,030



Map of employment of drywall and ceiling tile installers by area, May 2021


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 8,750 1.53 2.22 $ 32.42 $ 67,440
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,590 0.53 0.77 $ 27.40 $ 56,990
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,160 2.72 3.95 $ 28.84 $ 59,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,320 1.48 2.15 $ 39.69 $ 82,560
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,150 2.26 3.29 $ 33.83 $ 70,370
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,960 1.40 2.03 $ 23.48 $ 48,840
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,700 1.41 2.05 $ 34.77 $ 72,310
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,580 2.62 3.81 $ 29.74 $ 61,860
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,520 0.70 1.02 $ 21.85 $ 45,450
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,460 2.30 3.34 $ 41.53 $ 86,380


Map of location quotient of drywall and ceiling tile installers by area, May 2021


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 270 3.54 5.14 $ 19.41 $ 40,380
Coeur d'Alene, ID 200 3.13 4.54 $ 21.69 $ 45,110
Visalia-Porterville, CA 450 2.98 4.33 $ 23.73 $ 49,350
Santa Rosa, CA 550 2.85 4.14 $ 37.72 $ 78,460
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 740 2.79 4.05 $ 18.71 $ 38,930
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 4,160 2.72 3.95 $ 28.84 $ 59,990
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,580 2.62 3.81 $ 29.74 $ 61,860
Reno, NV 590 2.50 3.63 $ 21.54 $ 44,790
Yuba City, CA 120 2.48 3.60 $ 25.66 $ 53,370
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,460 2.30 3.34 $ 41.53 $ 86,380


Map of annual mean wages of drywall and ceiling tile installers by area, May 2021


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)
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,460 2.30 3.34 $ 41.53 $ 86,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 3,320 1.48 2.15 $ 39.69 $ 82,560
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 110 1.65 2.39 $ 39.16 $ 81,460
Urban Honolulu, HI 630 1.58 2.30 $ 38.93 $ 80,970
Santa Rosa, CA 550 2.85 4.14 $ 37.72 $ 78,460
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,700 1.41 2.05 $ 34.77 $ 72,310
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,150 2.26 3.29 $ 33.83 $ 70,370
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,190 1.06 1.54 $ 33.46 $ 69,590
Napa, CA 60 0.91 1.32 $ 32.47 $ 67,540
Salinas, CA 220 1.27 1.85 $ 32.45 $ 67,490

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)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.36 1.97 $ 21.90 $ 45,550
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 180 1.51 2.19 $ 23.35 $ 48,560
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 130 0.70 1.02 $ 21.95 $ 45,660
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.07 1.55 $ 27.03 $ 56,210
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 120 0.69 1.00 $ 17.34 $ 36,060

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 180 1.51 2.19 $ 23.35 $ 48,560
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 120 1.37 1.98 $ 19.62 $ 40,810
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 180 1.36 1.97 $ 21.90 $ 45,550
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 100 1.32 1.91 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Central Utah nonmetropolitan area 70 1.32 1.91 $ 19.82 $ 41,220

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 100 1.08 1.57 $ 37.09 $ 77,150
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area 70 0.68 0.99 $ 33.21 $ 69,080
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.61 0.88 $ 30.90 $ 64,260
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 130 1.07 1.55 $ 27.03 $ 56,210
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 70 0.46 0.66 $ 26.18 $ 54,450


About May 2021 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.

(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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022