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All About Tapers

Career Description Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

Daily Life Of a Taper

  • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
  • Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable.
  • Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
  • Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds.
  • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
  • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.

Skills Needed to be a Taper

These are the skills Tapers say are the most useful in their careers:

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.

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.

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

Other Taper Job Titles

  • Drywall Finisher
  • Drywall Taper
  • Drywall Finisher Foreman
  • Taping Foreman
  • Finisher

Is There Job Demand for Tapers?

In the United States, there were 23,700 jobs for Tapers in 2016.

There is little to no growth in job opportunities for Tapers. The BLS estimates 2,100 yearly job openings in this field per year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Tapers in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Tapers are California, Washington, and Arizona.

Watch out if you plan on working in Kansas, New Hampshire, or Massachusetts. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Taper Salary

The salary for Tapers ranges between about $31,020 and $91,070 a year. The median salary for this occupation is $55,080.

Salary Ranges for Tapers

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for jobs of this type in different U.S. states.

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

Hawaii

$81,840

Illinois

$75,810

Oregon

$67,170

New York

$63,490

Ohio

$63,130

California

$62,060

Missouri

$60,220

Massachusetts

$58,480

Iowa

$57,840

Washington

$57,060

Connecticut

$56,380

Pennsylvania

$55,570

Minnesota

$55,430

Michigan

$53,590

Colorado

$49,240

New Mexico

$49,160

Wisconsin

$48,690

Indiana

$47,760

Maine

$47,540

North Dakota

$47,170

Arizona

$46,980

Georgia

$45,550

Texas

$45,130

Utah

$42,750

Florida

$42,020

Nevada

$41,880

New Hampshire

$35,880

Idaho

$32,030

Montana

$30,370

Tools & Technologies Used by Tapers

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

  • Microsoft Office
  • Intuit QuickBooks
  • Microsoft Dynamics

How to Become a Taper

Individuals working as Tapers have obtained the following education levels:

Taper Degree Level

What work experience do I need to become a Taper?

Taper Work Experience

Where Tapers Are Employed

Taper Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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