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What Do Tile and Marble Setter Do?

Occupation Description Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks.

Life As a Tile and Marble Setter

  • Install and anchor fixtures in designated positions, using hand tools.
  • Apply a sealer to make grout stain- and water-resistant.
  • Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires, and brackets.
  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural, and floor designs.
  • Mix and apply mortar or cement to edges and ends of drain tiles to seal halves and joints.
  • Remove any old tile, grout and adhesive using chisels and scrapers and clean the surface carefully.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Tile and Marble Setter?

When polled, Tile and Marble Setters 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.

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.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Mathematics: Using mathematics to solve problems.

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

Types of Tile and Marble Setter

  • Tile and Marble Installer
  • Tile Setter Apprentice
  • Floor Layer Tile
  • Mastic Floor Layer
  • Marble Mason

Job Demand for Tile and Marble Setters

There were about 58,300 jobs for Tile and Marble Setter in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 9.8% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,700 new jobs for Tile and Marble Setter by 2026. The BLS estimates 5,700 yearly job openings in this field.


The states with the most job growth for Tile and Marble Setter are Utah, Idaho, and Florida. Watch out if you plan on working in Mississippi, Maine, or Alaska. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Tile and Marble Setters Salary

The average yearly salary of a Tile and Marble Setter ranges between $24,920 and $72,490.


Tile and Marble Setters who work in Hawaii, New York, or Washington, make the highest salaries.

How much do Tile and Marble Setters make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $39,050
Arizona $45,220
Arkansas $36,400
California $50,820
Colorado $41,790
Connecticut $52,280
Delaware $34,620
Florida $36,680
Georgia $33,000
Hawaii $65,070
Idaho $36,550
Illinois $49,810
Indiana $39,740
Iowa $43,390
Kansas $49,670
Kentucky $41,020
Louisiana $35,230
Maine $37,650
Maryland $42,670
Massachusetts $54,460
Michigan $46,610
Minnesota $50,510
Mississippi $42,760
Missouri $52,970
Montana $38,850
Nebraska $35,700
Nevada $45,190
New Hampshire $52,590
New Jersey $64,740
New Mexico $38,640
New York $56,500
North Carolina $42,580
Ohio $46,060
Oklahoma $36,510
Oregon $49,090
Pennsylvania $54,900
Rhode Island $36,680
South Carolina $38,310
South Dakota $36,140
Tennessee $38,190
Texas $32,600
Utah $43,550
Virginia $43,880
Washington $51,750
West Virginia $41,930
Wisconsin $45,890
Wyoming $53,670

Tools & Technologies Used by Tile and Marble Setters

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Tile and Marble Setters may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Salesforce software
  • Microsoft operating system
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • EasyCAD Iris 2D
  • TileGem

Becoming a Tile and Marble Setter

Individuals working as a Tile and Marble Setter have obtained the following education levels:


How many years of work experience do I need?


Where do Tile and Marble Setters Work?


The table below shows the approximate number of Tile and Marble Setters employed by various industries.


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