Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers

What Drywall Installers, Ceiling Tile Installers, and Tapers Do

Drywall and ceiling tile installers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings. Tapers prepare the wallboard for painting.

Work Environment

Drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers work indoors. Workers spend most of the day standing, bending, or reaching, and they often must lift and maneuver heavy wallboard.

How to Become a Drywall Installer, Ceiling Tile Installer, or Taper

Most drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers learn their trade on the job. A formal educational credential is typically not required to enter the occupation.

Pay

The median annual wage for drywall and ceiling tile installers was $47,460 in May 2020.

The median annual wage for tapers was $59,450 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Employment of drywall installers, ceiling tile installers, and tapers is projected to show little or no change from 2019 to 2029. However, there will be openings each year because of the need to replace workers who leave the occupation.

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