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What Do Carpet Installer Do?

Job Description & Duties Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.

Carpet Installer Responsibilities

  • Stretch carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.
  • Fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.
  • Cut and bind material.
  • Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
  • Install carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.
  • Take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.

Carpet Installer Skills

Below is a list of the skills most Carpet Installers say are important on the job.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

Quality Control Analysis: Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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

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

Other Carpet Installer Job Titles

  • Floor Coverer Installer
  • Carpet Jack
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpet Installer
  • Carpet Installer Helper
  • Installer

Job Opportunities for Carpet Installers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 40,400 jobs in the United States for Carpet Installer. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 3,800 new jobs for Carpet Installer by 2026. There will be an estimated 3,900 positions for Carpet Installer per year.


The states with the most job growth for Carpet Installer are Utah, Florida, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, New Mexico, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Carpet Installer Make?

Carpet Installers make between $22,560 and $74,390 a year.


Carpet Installers who work in Massachusetts, Hawaii, or Delaware, make the highest salaries.

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

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $41,490
Alaska $45,060
Arizona $39,210
Arkansas $35,410
California $47,790
Colorado $45,220
Connecticut $43,070
Delaware $54,740
Florida $35,100
Georgia $36,890
Hawaii $60,260
Idaho $37,030
Illinois $42,190
Indiana $32,870
Iowa $46,110
Kansas $44,070
Kentucky $46,400
Louisiana $35,260
Maryland $47,930
Massachusetts $67,320
Michigan $38,440
Minnesota $56,210
Mississippi $28,150
Missouri $48,130
Montana $26,740
Nebraska $50,810
Nevada $50,200
New Hampshire $37,550
New Jersey $52,230
New Mexico $33,480
New York $49,860
North Carolina $34,160
North Dakota $31,210
Ohio $37,180
Oklahoma $29,510
Oregon $44,280
Pennsylvania $48,160
South Carolina $33,870
Tennessee $34,630
Texas $35,580
Utah $33,480
Vermont $44,250
Virginia $37,680
Washington $49,080
West Virginia $38,540
Wisconsin $38,550

Tools & Technologies Used by Carpet Installers

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • Flooring Technologies QFloors
  • FloorCOST Estimator for Excel
  • Focus Floor Covering Software
  • Textile Management Systems RollMaster

How do I Become a Carpet Installer?

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