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What is a Floor Sander and Finisher?

Career Description Scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machine, and apply coats of finish.

What Do Floor Sanders and Finishers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Apply filler compound and coats of finish to floors to seal wood.
  • Guide sanding machines over surfaces of floors until surfaces are smooth.
  • Remove excess glue from joints, using knives, scrapers, or wood chisels.
  • Inspect floors for smoothness.
  • Scrape and sand floor edges and areas inaccessible to floor sanders, using scrapers, disk-type sanders, and sandpaper.
  • Attach sandpaper to rollers of sanding machines.

Floor Sander & Finisher Needed Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Floor Sanders and Finishers say are important on the job.

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.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Complex Problem Solving: Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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

Types of Floor Sander & Finisher Jobs

  • Floor Surfacer
  • Hardwood Floor Sander
  • Floor Finisher
  • Floor Scraper
  • Floor Renovator

Floor Sander & Finisher Job Outlook

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 7,300 jobs in the United States for Floor Sander and Finisher. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 8.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 600 new jobs for Floor Sander and Finisher by 2026. The BLS estimates 700 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Floor Sander & Finisher are Colorado, Arizona, and Washington. Watch out if you plan on working in Tennessee, Maryland, or Wisconsin. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Floor Sanders and Finishers Salary

The typical yearly salary for Floor Sanders and Finishers is somewhere between $25,380 and $56,850.


Floor Sanders and Finishers who work in Illinois, California, or New York, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Floor Sanders and Finishers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Arkansas $33,470
California $50,470
Colorado $35,540
Delaware $39,770
Illinois $62,090
Maryland $40,120
Massachusetts $38,480
Michigan $43,570
Missouri $30,970
Nebraska $34,300
Nevada $36,890
New Hampshire $39,140
New Jersey $50,360
New York $45,950
North Carolina $31,180
Ohio $41,620
Oregon $41,680
Pennsylvania $37,350
Tennessee $38,200
Texas $40,940
Virginia $37,900
Washington $50,160
Wisconsin $37,570

Tools & Technologies Used by Floor Sanders and Finishers

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Flooring Technologies QFloors
  • FloorCOST Estimator for Excel
  • Saltire Software FloorRight
  • Floor planning software

Becoming a Floor Sander & Finisher

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Where do Floor Sanders and Finishers Work?


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