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What You Need to Know About Floor Layer

Floor Layer Job Description Apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors.

Life As a Floor Layer

  • Form a smooth foundation by stapling plywood or Masonite over the floor or by brushing waterproof compound onto surface and filling cracks with plaster, putty, or grout to seal pores.
  • Apply adhesive cement to floor or wall material to join and adhere foundation material.
  • Trim excess covering materials, tack edges, and join sections of covering material to form tight joint.
  • Heat and soften floor covering materials to patch cracks or fit floor coverings around irregular surfaces, using blowtorch.
  • Cut covering and foundation materials, according to blueprints and sketches.
  • Disconnect and remove appliances, light fixtures, and worn floor and wall covering from floors, walls, and cabinets.

What Every Floor Layer Should Know

When polled, Floor Layers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

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

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Types of Floor Layer Jobs

  • Tiler
  • Floor Covering Layer
  • Rubber Tile Floor Layer
  • Cork Floor Installer
  • Composition Floor Setter

Job Demand for Floor Layers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 16,300 jobs in the United States for Floor Layer. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 1,600 new jobs for Floor Layer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 1,600 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Floor Layer are Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, New Hampshire, or Nebraska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Floor Layer Make?

The salary for Floor Layers ranges between about $25,720 and $74,990 a year.

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Floor Layers who work in New Jersey, Wisconsin, or Massachusetts, make the highest salaries.

How much do Floor Layers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $35,370
Arizona $46,660
California $51,360
Colorado $38,950
Connecticut $43,060
Florida $34,950
Georgia $48,530
Hawaii $53,620
Idaho $36,650
Illinois $46,590
Indiana $40,660
Iowa $51,390
Kansas $54,450
Kentucky $37,610
Louisiana $49,290
Maine $45,210
Maryland $45,290
Massachusetts $60,650
Michigan $42,520
Missouri $48,110
Nebraska $36,370
Nevada $48,320
New Hampshire $44,820
New Jersey $90,330
New Mexico $34,740
New York $51,220
North Carolina $39,640
North Dakota $40,870
Ohio $43,810
Oklahoma $39,470
Oregon $39,170
Pennsylvania $46,510
South Carolina $53,530
South Dakota $34,640
Tennessee $32,730
Texas $40,700
Utah $36,820
Vermont $46,000
Washington $53,540
Wisconsin $60,150

What Tools & Technology do Floor Layers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Floor Layers:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Web browser software
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • Flooring Technologies Qfloors
  • Radio frequency identification RFID software
  • Saltire Software FloorRight
  • Focus Floor Covering Software
  • Textile Management Systems RollMaster

Becoming a Floor Layer

What education is needed to be a Floor Layer?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Floor Layers Work

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The table below shows some of the most common industries where those employed in this career field work.

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