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What Do Furniture Finisher Do?

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

Furniture Finisher Responsibilities

  • Mix finish ingredients to obtain desired colors or shades.
  • Remove old finishes and damaged or deteriorated parts, using hand tools, stripping tools, sandpaper, steel wool, abrasives, solvents, or dip baths.
  • Follow blueprints to produce specific designs.
  • Wash surfaces to prepare them for finish application.
  • Fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, or screws.
  • Brush bleaching agents on wood surfaces to restore natural color.

Furniture Finisher Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Furniture Finishers say are important on the job.

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.

Types of Furniture Finisher Jobs

  • Utility Spray Operator
  • Wood Grainer
  • Furniture Repairer
  • Piano Refinisher
  • Furniture Finisher

Job Outlook for Furniture Finishers

In the United States, there were 22,400 jobs for Furniture Finisher in 2016. 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.

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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 average yearly salary of a Furniture Finisher ranges between $22,600 and $48,720.

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

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

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 do Furniture Finishers Use?

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

  • Web browser software
  • Intuit QuickBooks

How to Become a Furniture Finisher

Are there Furniture Finishers education requirements?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Furniture Finisher?

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Who Employs Furniture Finishers?

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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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