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Occupational Employment Statistics


47-2081 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

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. Excludes “Carpet Installers" (47-2041), "Carpenters" (47-2031), and "Tile and Marble Setters" (47-2044).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 60047$33.40/hr$23.79/hr$30.30/hr$37.68/hr$38.72/hr$38.75/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota 20$24.10/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$23.65/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 20$19.53/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 20$23.97/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 40$23.95/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 50$23.69/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 60$30.68/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 60$23.78/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 60$31.43/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 70$25.40/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 600$37.68/hr3.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 650$35.56/hrN/A
Minnesota 850$32.88/hr3.7%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Roofers 1,720$26.34/hr5.8%
Plasterers and Stucco Masons 220$34.46/hrN/A
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers N/A$39.00/hrN/A
Glaziers 600$28.46/hr5.7%
Brickmasons and Blockmasons 1,370$39.00/hr-5.2%
Carpenters 17,130$29.41/hr1.3%
Insulation Workers, Mechanical N/A$46.66/hrN/A
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters N/A$14.70/hrN/A
Carpet Installers 610$23.21/hr-6.8%
Insulation Workers, Floor, Ceiling, and Wall 830$24.07/hr3.9%

  • Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws.
  • Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements.
  • Coordinate work with drywall finishers who cover the seams between drywall panels.
  • Measure and mark surfaces to lay out work, according to blueprints or drawings, using tape measures, straightedges or squares, and marking devices.
  • Inspect furrings, mechanical mountings, or masonry surfaces for plumbness and level, using spirit or water levels.
  • Cut metal or wood framing and trim to size, using cutting tools.
  • Coordinate work with drywall finishers who cover the seams between drywall panels.
  • Scribe and cut edges of tile to fit walls where wall molding is not specified.
  • Cut and screw together metal channels to make floor or ceiling frames, according to plans for the location of rooms or hallways.
  • Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures, using keyhole saws or other cutting tools.