Floor Covering Installers

Floor covering installers include a wide range of construction workers, each specializing in the materials with which they work. Resilient floor layers install, replace, and repair shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative floor covering such as vinyl tile and sheet vinyl on finished interior floors of buildings. Carpet layers install carpets and rugs, most often wall-to-wall carpeting. Approximately 24,640 carpet installers, 10,020 floor layers, and 30,090 tile and marble setters are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Resilient Floor Layers, Carpet Layers
Duties Install carpets and resilient floor coverings
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Part-time experience helping a flooring installation contractor
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Supervisor, or Cost Estimator, or Self Employed
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • Apprentice, or Assistant, or Helper

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