What Does A Furniture Finisher Do (including Their Typical Day at Work)

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Furniture Finishers

Furniture Finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

Salary
$35040
Becoming One
Easy
Education
No degree required
Job Satisfaction
Job Growth

Personality





Find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life.Confucius

What they do

Furniture Finishers shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.

  • Confer with customers to determine furniture colors or finishes.
  • Brush, spray, or hand-rub finishing ingredients, such as paint, oil, stain, or wax, onto and into the wood grain and apply lacquer or other sealers.
  • Fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, or screws.
  • Smooth, shape, and touch up surfaces to prepare them for finishing, using sandpaper, pumice stones, steel wool, chisels, sanders, or grinders.

Typical day

On a daily basis, Furniture Finishers remove accessories prior to finishing and mask areas that should not be exposed to finishing processes or substances. They select appropriate finishing ingredients such as paint, stain, lacquer, shellac, or varnish, depending on factors such as wood hardness and surface type.

A typical day for a Furniture Finisher will also include:

  • Wash surfaces to prepare them for finish application.
  • Brush, spray, or hand-rub finishing ingredients, such as paint, oil, stain, or wax, onto and into the wood grain and apply lacquer or other sealers.
  • Recommend woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles.
  • Fill and smooth cracks or depressions, remove marks and imperfections, and repair broken parts, using plastic or wood putty, glue, nails, or screws.
  • Smooth, shape, and touch up surfaces to prepare them for finishing, using sandpaper, pumice stones, steel wool, chisels, sanders, or grinders.

Other responsibilities

Besides their typical day, Furniture Finishers also spread graining ink over metal portions of furniture to simulate wood-grain finish. They may also remove accessories prior to finishing, and mask areas that should not be exposed to finishing processes or substances.

On a weekly to monthly basis, Furniture Finishers treat warped or stained surfaces to restore original contours and colors. They might also disassemble items to prepare them for finishing, using hand tools.

In addition, they recommend woods, colors, finishes, and furniture styles, using knowledge of wood products, fashions, and styles.

Although specific duties may vary, many of them remove excess solvent, using cloths soaked in paint thinner.

To some Furniture Finishers, it is also their responsibility to brush bleaching agents on wood surfaces to restore natural color.

Freedom to make decisions

How much decision making freedom does this job offer?

No freedom
10%

Very little freedom
0%

Limited freedom
18%

Some freedom
44%

A lot of freedom
28%

Structured vs unstructured work

To what extent is this job structured for you versus allowing you to determine your own tasks, priorities, and goals?

No freedom
10%

Very little freedom
14%

Limited freedom
49%

Some freedom
16%

A lot of freedom
10%


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What is the job like

Job satisfaction

High

Is this job meaningful

Average

72% said they were satisfied with their job and 52% said they found their job meaningful.


Pros

Suitable for people who like practical and hands-on work.

Suitable for people who want to work in a supportive work environment.

It is very easy to get into this career. Little or no previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required to get started.

Demand for this career is growing.

Cons

Not suitable for people who like to help and teach others.

One of the lowest paying jobs.

How much do they make

Average salary

$35040 per year

Average hourly wage

$17 per hour

Entry-level Furniture Finishers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $24,310 to $27,950 per year or $12 to $13 per hour.

Salary by experience Annual Hourly
Highest (Top 10%) $50,000 $24
Senior (Top 25%) $39,910 $19
Median $32,970 $16
Junior (Bottom 25%) $27,950 $13
No experience (Bottom 10%) $24,310 $12

This table shows the top 10 highest paying industries for Furniture Finishers based on their average annual salary.

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Building Finishing Contractors $47080 $22.63
Miscellaneous Store Retailers $43360 $20.85
Management of Companies and Enterprises $40950 $19.69
Warehousing and Storage $39820 $19.14
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance $37290 $17.93
Furniture Stores $36990 $17.78
Other Wood Product Manufacturing $35450 $17.04
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing $34440 $16.56
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods $33760 $16.23
Employment Services $30290 $14.56

View more salary by industries here.

Where can they work

Where can Furniture Finishers work? Here is a table showing the top 10 largest employers of Furniture Finishers including the average salary in that industry.

Employers Total Employed Annual Salary Hourly Wages
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing 9680 $34440 $16.56
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 2180 $37290 $17.93
Furniture Stores 820 $36990 $17.78
Employment Services 760 $30290 $14.56
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 650 $35450 $17.04
Warehousing and Storage 360 $39820 $19.14
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods 280 $33760 $16.23
Management of Companies and Enterprises 100 $40950 $19.69
Miscellaneous Store Retailers 90 $43360 $20.85
Building Finishing Contractors 90 $47080 $22.63

What is the work day like

Working hours

Less than 40 hours
11%

40 hours
53%

More than 40 hours
36%

Working schedule

75%

25%

0%

Work with group or team

How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?

Not important at all
0%

Fairly important
9%

Important
45%

Very important
8%

Extremely important
38%

Deal with external customers

How important is it to work with customers in this job?

Not important at all
76%

Fairly important
6%

Important
17%

Very important
2%

Extremely important
0%

Manage or lead others

How important is it to coordinate or lead others in completing work activities in this job?

Not important at all
18%

Fairly important
21%

Important
14%

Very important
17%

Extremely important
29%

Email

How often do you use email in this job?

Once a week
0%

Every day
6%

Telephone

How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?

Once a week
5%

Every day
14%

Group discussions

How often do you have group discussions in this job?

Once a week
29%

Every day
48%

Public speaking

How often does this job require you to do public speaking?

Never
60%

Once a year
19%

Once a month
5%

Once a week
16%

Every day
0%

Frequency of conflict situations

How often are there conflict situations in this job?

Never
19%

Once a year
28%

Once a month
19%

Once a week
16%

Every day
17%

Dealing with angry people

How often do you have to deal with angry, unpleasant, or discourteous individuals in this job?

Never
34%

Once a year
29%

Once a month
9%

Once a week
18%

Every day
10%

Dealing with physically aggressive people

How often do you have to deal with physically aggressive people in this job?

Never
82%

Once a year
18%

Once a month
0%

Once a week
0%

Every day
0%

Level of competition

How much competitive pressure is in this job?

Not competitive at all
25%

Slightly competitive
16%

Moderately competitive
49%

Highly competitive
10%

Extremely competitive
0%

Repetition in this job

How important is repeating the same type of task over and over in this job?

Not important at all
57%

Fairly important
12%

Important
9%

Very Important
12%

Extremely Important
11%

Impact of decisions on co-workers or company results

What results do your decisions usually have on other people or the reputation or financial resources of your employer?

No impact
15%

Minor impact
5%

Moderate impact
22%

Important impact
22%

Very important impact
35%

Frequency of decision making

How frequently do you have to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the reputation of the company?

Never
14%

Once a year
21%

Once a month
7%

Once a week
6%

Every day
51%

Responsibility for others’ health and safety

How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?

No responsibility
12%

Limited responsibility
22%

Moderate responsibility
14%

High responsibility
35%

Very high responsibility
17%

Responsibility for outcomes and results

How much responsibility is there for the work outcomes and results of other workers?

No responsibility
0%

Limited responsibility
22%

Moderate responsibility
10%

High responsibility
33%

Very high responsibility
35%

What is the work environment like

Office-style environment

Indoors in an environmentally controlled condition

Never
62%

Once a year or more
0%

Once a month or more
3%

Once a week or more
0%

Every day
35%

Warehouse-style environment

Indoors in a non-controlled environmental condition such as a warehouse

Never
35%

Once a year or more
2%

Once a month or more
0%

Once a week or more
3%

Every day
60%

Outdoors

Outdoors exposed to all weather conditions

Never
79%

Once a year or more
14%

Once a month or more
4%

Once a week or more
3%

Every day
0%

Outdoors – Under Cover

Outdoors but under cover (e.g. structure with roof but no walls)

Never
86%

Once a year or more
3%

Once a month or more
4%

Once a week or more
7%

Every day
0%

How to become one

Difficulty to become one

Easy
You may need some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience. Most careers in this difficulty category usually don’t require a degree. However, you will need a few months of on-the-job training with experienced employees. Similar careers include Customer Service Representatives, Security Guards, and Bank Tellers.

Required level of education

What level of education do you need to perform the job?

Less than a High School Diploma
36%

High School Diploma or equivalent
61%

Post-Secondary Certificate
3%

Some College Courses
0%

Associate’s Degree or similar
0%

Bachelor’s Degree
0%

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
0%

Master’s Degree
0%

Post-Master’s Certificate
0%

First Professional Degree
0%

Doctoral Degree
0%

Post-Doctoral Training
0%

Relevant work experience

How much related work experience do you need to get hired for the job?

None
24%

1 month
1%

1 to 3 months
3%

3 to 6 months
9%

6 months to 1 year
9%

1 to 2 years
21%

2 to 4 years
0%

4 to 6 years
9%

6 to 8 years
8%

8 to 10 years
9%

Over 10 years
7%

On The Job Training

How much on the job training do you need to perform the job?

None or short demonstration
5%

1 month
24%

1 to 3 months
3%

3 to 6 months
32%

6 months to 1 year
7%

1 to 2 years
14%

2 to 4 years
7%

4 to 10 years
8%

Over 10 years
0%

Should you become one

Best personality type for this career

The Builder

People with this personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

The Builder
100%

People with The Builder personality type likes practical and hands-on work. They prefer working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.


The Thinker
14%

People with The Thinker personality likes to work with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. They prefer work that requires them to solve problems mentally.


The Artist
38%

People with The Artist personality likes to work with designs and patterns. They prefer activities that require self-expression and prefer work that can be done without following a clear set of rules.


The Helper
14%

People with The Helper personality type likes to work with people and in teams. They prefer work that allows them to build relationships with others.


The Leader
24%

People with The Leader personality likes to start and work on projects. They also like leading people and making many decisions.


The Organizer
29%

People with The Organizer personality type likes to follow set procedures and routines. They prefer working with data and details more than with ideas.


You can read more about these career personality types here.

People who are suitable for this job tend to like work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They like working with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

They also like working with forms, designs, and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.

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Work Values

Which values are the most important to a person’s satisfaction for this job?

Achievement
29%

You are someone who is results oriented. You prefer work that allows you to utilize your skills and abilities while at the same time giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Working Conditions
36%

You are someone who values job security, steady employment, and good working conditions. You also prefer work that keeps you busy all the time with something different to do every day.

Recognition
33%

You are someone who values job advancement and leadership roles. You prefer work that receives recognition for the work you do and jobs that are looked up to by others in the company and your community.

Relationships
48%

You are someone who likes to provide a service to others. You prefer a work environment where you can work with your co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment.

Support
57%

You are someone who values a company that stands behind their employees. You prefer a work environment where everyone is treated fairly and is being supported by the company.

Independence
33%

You are someone who likes to work on your own and make your own decisions. You prefer work that requires little supervision and are allowed to try out your own ideas.

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