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All About Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

Position Description Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material.

List of Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer Job Duties

  • Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents.
  • Cut fixture or border tiles to size, using keyhole saws, and insert them into surrounding frameworks.
  • Hang dry lines to wall moldings to guide positioning of main runners.
  • Cut and screw together metal channels to make floor or ceiling frames, according to plans for the location of rooms or hallways.
  • Wash concrete surfaces before mounting tile to increase adhesive qualities of surfaces, using washing soda and zinc sulfate solution.
  • Seal joints between ceiling tiles and walls.

Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer Needed Skills

When polled, Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

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

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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

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

Types of Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer Jobs

  • Drywall Taper
  • Sheet Rock Applier
  • Wood Lather
  • Sheetrock Applicator
  • Ceiling Installer

Is There Job Demand for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers?

There were about 119,500 jobs for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer in 2016 (in the United States). There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 10,500 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer are Utah, Colorado, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Kentucky, Mississippi, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

How Much Does a Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer Make?

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers make between $27,490 and $83,010 a year.


Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers who work in Hawaii, Minnesota, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $33,680
Alaska $51,560
Arizona $41,830
Arkansas $39,780
California $61,820
Colorado $46,620
Connecticut $54,830
Delaware $42,890
District of Columbia $48,070
Florida $35,240
Georgia $37,570
Hawaii $79,500
Idaho $35,800
Illinois $56,010
Indiana $44,300
Iowa $35,110
Kansas $42,770
Kentucky $41,720
Louisiana $35,520
Maine $43,680
Maryland $45,280
Massachusetts $49,980
Michigan $42,300
Minnesota $58,530
Mississippi $34,960
Missouri $44,430
Montana $41,840
Nebraska $39,240
Nevada $37,930
New Hampshire $47,380
New Jersey $54,200
New Mexico $39,330
New York $49,600
North Carolina $37,060
North Dakota $49,290
Ohio $40,810
Oklahoma $44,130
Oregon $59,230
Pennsylvania $47,690
Rhode Island $40,720
South Carolina $36,940
South Dakota $33,600
Tennessee $40,080
Texas $37,870
Utah $39,530
Vermont $44,920
Virginia $36,190
Washington $59,990
West Virginia $36,700
Wisconsin $46,450
Wyoming $42,030

What Tools & Technology do Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Palm OS
  • On Center Quick Bid
  • Job costing software
  • Construction Software Center EasyEst
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold
  • DevWave Estimate Works

How do I Become a Drywall & Ceiling Tile Installer?

Education needed to be a Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer:


How many years of work experience do I need?


Where do Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers Work?


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


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