Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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, fire-proofing, or acoustical material. Excludes "Carpet Installers" (47-2041), "Carpenters" (47-2031), and "Tile and Marble Setters" (47-2044).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
96,550 2.4 % $23.68 $49,250 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.29 $16.48 $20.60 $27.68 $40.35
Annual Wage (2) $27,630 $34,270 $42,860 $57,570 $83,920


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 78,210 9.92 $23.69 $49,270
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,980 0.77 $25.10 $52,200
Residential Building Construction 5,530 0.75 $21.32 $44,350
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,920 0.33 $23.86 $49,630
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,350 0.21 $32.34 $67,260

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 78,210 9.92 $23.69 $49,270
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,980 0.77 $25.10 $52,200
Residential Building Construction 5,530 0.75 $21.32 $44,350
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 2,920 0.33 $23.86 $49,630
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,350 0.21 $32.34 $67,260

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,350 0.21 $32.34 $67,260
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods (4232, 4233, 4235, 4236, 4237, and 4239 only) 220 0.02 $31.59 $65,710
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,980 0.77 $25.10 $52,200
Building Equipment Contractors 290 0.01 $24.32 $50,580
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 30 (7) $23.89 $49,690


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 27,080 1.62 2.40 $29.74 $61,860
Texas 7,690 0.65 0.95 $18.72 $38,950
Florida 5,060 0.60 0.89 $17.13 $35,620
Washington 4,250 1.33 1.97 $27.44 $57,070
Arizona 4,130 1.53 2.26 $19.24 $40,030




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 2,940 2.08 3.07 $18.13 $37,700
Nevada 2,210 1.69 2.49 $19.82 $41,220
California 27,080 1.62 2.40 $29.74 $61,860
Arizona 4,130 1.53 2.26 $19.24 $40,030
Idaho 970 1.41 2.08 $16.68 $34,700




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 800 1.26 1.87 $39.48 $82,110
California 27,080 1.62 2.40 $29.74 $61,860
Illinois 2,280 0.39 0.57 $29.19 $60,720
Connecticut 440 0.26 0.39 $28.68 $59,650
New York 3,720 0.40 0.60 $28.56 $59,400



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,000 1.13 1.66 $25.76 $53,590
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 2.30 3.40 $28.25 $58,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,530 1.78 2.63 $19.29 $40,120
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 3,070 2.14 3.16 $27.75 $57,720
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,070 2.14 3.17 $28.65 $59,590
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,570 0.38 0.57 $28.14 $58,530
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.55 2.29 $28.66 $59,600
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,470 2.57 3.79 $28.27 $58,790
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,280 2.10 3.10 $34.90 $72,590
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,150 1.49 2.20 $21.93 $45,600


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
St. George, UT 260 4.19 6.18 $18.20 $37,850
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 2,470 2.57 3.79 $28.27 $58,790
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 120 2.57 3.80 $18.16 $37,760
Modesto, CA 460 2.53 3.73 $31.21 $64,920
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division 310 2.31 3.41 $22.49 $46,790
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,720 2.30 3.40 $28.25 $58,770
Provo-Orem, UT 520 2.27 3.36 $18.48 $38,440
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 3,070 2.14 3.17 $28.65 $59,590
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 3,070 2.14 3.16 $27.75 $57,720
Visalia-Porterville, CA 320 2.11 3.11 $26.69 $55,510


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 1,770 1.55 2.29 $45.07 $93,750
Urban Honolulu, HI 690 1.49 2.20 $40.47 $84,170
Santa Rosa, CA 380 1.86 2.75 $36.03 $74,950
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 920 0.71 1.05 $35.22 $73,250
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 2,280 2.10 3.10 $34.90 $72,590
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 1,130 1.01 1.50 $33.82 $70,350
Napa, CA 50 0.68 1.01 $33.04 $68,730
Fresno, CA 730 1.96 2.90 $32.69 $67,990
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 110 0.95 1.40 $32.36 $67,310
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Metropolitan Division 110 0.79 1.17 $31.96 $66,480

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 170 0.89 1.32 $23.15 $48,140
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 110 1.17 1.73 $19.19 $39,920
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.54 0.80 $18.40 $38,260
Southeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 110 0.47 0.69 $15.50 $32,240
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.92 2.84 $25.10 $52,200

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 2.51 3.70 $16.88 $35,110
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.92 2.84 $25.10 $52,200
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 70 1.60 2.37 $17.61 $36,620
Northwest Alabama nonmetropolitan area 100 1.52 2.24 $15.42 $32,060
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 1.92 $29.19 $60,710

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 0.92 $33.08 $68,800
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 80 1.30 1.92 $29.19 $60,710
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.91 $55,970
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.02 1.50 $25.12 $52,250
South Nevada nonmetropolitan area 100 1.92 2.84 $25.10 $52,200


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018