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Furniture Finisher

What is a Furniture Finisher?

Furniture Finisher Job Description Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

What Do Furniture Finishers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Wash surfaces to prepare them for finish application.
  • Remove excess solvent, using cloths soaked in paint thinner.
  • Fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, or screws.
  • Recommend woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles.
  • Mix finish ingredients to obtain desired colors or shades.
  • Examine furniture to determine the extent of damage or deterioration, and to decide on the best method for repair or restoration.

Qualities of a Furniture Finisher

When polled, Furniture Finishers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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

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.

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

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

  • Furniture Repairer
  • Antique Refinisher
  • Stain Sprayer
  • Furniture Sander
  • Television Cabinet Finisher

Are There Job Opportunities for Furniture Finishers?

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 22,400 jobs in the United States for Furniture Finisher. There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Furniture Finisher. There will be an estimated 2,000 positions for Furniture Finisher per year.


The states with the most job growth for Furniture Finisher are Utah, Florida, and Nevada. Watch out if you plan on working in New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What is the Average Salary of a Furniture Finisher

The typical yearly salary for Furniture Finishers is somewhere between $22,600 and $48,720.


Furniture Finishers who work in Connecticut, New Hampshire, or Nebraska, make the highest salaries.

How much do Furniture Finishers make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $28,510
Arizona $33,160
Arkansas $28,410
California $36,710
Colorado $36,700
Connecticut $39,870
Florida $31,950
Georgia $31,180
Idaho $32,860
Illinois $35,280
Indiana $31,490
Iowa $34,430
Kansas $31,410
Kentucky $31,720
Maine $30,870
Maryland $38,100
Massachusetts $38,460
Michigan $35,740
Minnesota $39,040
Mississippi $28,420
Missouri $38,060
Nebraska $41,050
Nevada $34,810
New Hampshire $42,710
New Jersey $35,940
New York $38,500
North Carolina $30,710
North Dakota $34,670
Ohio $31,520
Oklahoma $32,990
Oregon $31,760
Pennsylvania $34,810
Rhode Island $41,200
South Carolina $32,840
South Dakota $27,350
Tennessee $34,000
Texas $29,900
Utah $37,110
Vermont $30,480
Virginia $29,450
Washington $39,770
West Virginia $29,450
Wisconsin $33,170

What Tools & Technology do Furniture Finishers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Furniture Finishers may use on a daily basis:

  • Web browser software
  • Intuit QuickBooks

Becoming a Furniture Finisher

Learn what Furniture Finisher education requirements there are.


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