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Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer

What You Need to Know About Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer

Occupation Description 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.

Life As a Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer

  • Remove existing plaster, drywall, or paneling, using crowbars and hammers.
  • Hang dry lines to wall moldings to guide positioning of main runners.
  • Seal joints between ceiling tiles and walls.
  • Install blanket insulation between studs and tack plastic moisture barriers over insulation.
  • Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents.
  • Fasten metal or rockboard lath to the structural framework of walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using nails, screws, staples, or wire-ties.

Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer Required Skills

These are the skills Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers say are the most useful in their careers:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Types of Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer

  • Drywall Worker
  • Sheet Rock Applier
  • Wire Lather
  • Lather
  • Acoustical Carpenter

Are There Job Opportunities for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 119,500 jobs in the United States for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer. There will be an estimated 10,500 positions for Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer per year.


The states with the most job growth for Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer are Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, Mississippi, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer

The salary for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers ranges between about $27,490 and $83,010 a year.


Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers who work in Hawaii, Minnesota, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $33,680
Alaska $51,560
Arizona $41,830
Arkansas $39,780
California $61,820
Colorado $46,620
Connecticut $54,830
Delaware $42,890
District of Columbia $48,070
Florida $35,240
Georgia $37,570
Hawaii $79,500
Idaho $35,800
Illinois $56,010
Indiana $44,300
Iowa $35,110
Kansas $42,770
Kentucky $41,720
Louisiana $35,520
Maine $43,680
Maryland $45,280
Massachusetts $49,980
Michigan $42,300
Minnesota $58,530
Mississippi $34,960
Missouri $44,430
Montana $41,840
Nebraska $39,240
Nevada $37,930
New Hampshire $47,380
New Jersey $54,200
New Mexico $39,330
New York $49,600
North Carolina $37,060
North Dakota $49,290
Ohio $40,810
Oklahoma $44,130
Oregon $59,230
Pennsylvania $47,690
Rhode Island $40,720
South Carolina $36,940
South Dakota $33,600
Tennessee $40,080
Texas $37,870
Utah $39,530
Vermont $44,920
Virginia $36,190
Washington $59,990
West Virginia $36,700
Wisconsin $46,450
Wyoming $42,030

What Tools do Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Palm OS
  • On Center Quick Bid
  • Job costing software
  • Construction Software Center EasyEst
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold
  • DevWave Estimate Works

How to Become a Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer

Learn what Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer education requirements there are.


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