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.

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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