How Much Do Drywall and Ceiling Workers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

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, fireproofing, or acoustical material.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$51930 per year
Hourly wage
$25 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$29,890 to $37,140 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$14 to $18 per hour

Entry-level Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $29,890 to $37,140 per year or $14 to $18 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $41 $85,070
Senior (Top 25%) $30 $61,980
Middle (Mid 50%) $23 $47,460
Junior (Bottom 25%) $18 $37,140
No experience (Bottom 10%) $14 $29,890

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
HI $38 $79,630
WA $35 $72,340
OR $30 $61,530
CA $30 $61,520
MO $29 $60,780
MA $29 $59,870
NJ $27 $55,730
MD $26 $53,190
PA $25 $52,980
DC $25 $52,960

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like HI doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at HI might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Drywall and Ceiling Workers are in the states of HI, WA, OR, CA and MO.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Real Estate $62070 $29.84
Building Equipment Contractors $57730 $27.76
Nonresidential Building Construction $54780 $26.33
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $52660 $25.32
Building Finishing Contractors $52300 $25.14
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $49270 $23.69
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $48670 $23.40
Residential Building Construction $46630 $22.42
Employment Services $44630 $21.45
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $39590 $19.03
Other Wood Product Manufacturing $38750 $18.63
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $38210 $18.37

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