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Drywall Installer, Ceiling Tile Installer, and Tapers Salary Information

The salary statistics of drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Drywall Installer, Ceiling Tile Installer, and Tapers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,180
25th Percentile Wage
$33,720
50th Percentile Wage
$42,280
75th Percentile Wage
$57,930
90th Percentile Wage
$81,860

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers is $81,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $42,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,180. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 201% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201642,2804.28%10.31%
201540,4703.71%-
201438,9702.93%-
201337,830-0.24%-
201237,920--

Table 2. Drywall Installer, Ceiling Tile Installer, and Tapers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers in 7 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $47,530. The lowest paying sector is the manufacturing sector (annual salary $31,870).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$47,530
Construction
$42,430
Educational Services
$39,540
Wholesale Trade
$37,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$36,930
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$34,870
Manufacturing
$31,870


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