Carpet Installers
SOC: 47-2041.00


Lay and install carpet from rolls or blocks on floors. Install padding and trim flooring materials.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
45,300 employed

Projected (2024):
45,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Carpet Floor Layer Apprentice
  • Carpet Installation Specialist
  • Carpet Installer
  • Carpet Installer Helper
  • Carpet Jack
  • Carpet Journeyman
  • Carpet Layer
  • Carpet Mechanic
  • Carpet Technician
  • Carpet Tile Layer
  • Commercial Carpet Installer
  • Commercial Floor Covering Installer
  • Floor Coverer
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • Floor Installation Mechanic
  • Floor Installer
  • Floor Layer
  • Flooring Installer
  • Flooring Mechanic
  • Installer
  • Residential Carpet Installer
  • Rug Layer
  • Wall-to-Wall Carpet Installer

  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed


    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.


    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Join edges of carpet and seam edges where necessary, by sewing or by using tape with glue and heated carpet iron.
  • Cut and trim carpet to fit along wall edges, openings, and projections, finishing the edges with a wall trimmer.
  • Inspect the surface to be covered to determine its condition, and correct any imperfections that might show through carpet or cause carpet to wear unevenly.
  • Roll out, measure, mark, and cut carpeting to size with a carpet knife, following floor sketches and allowing extra carpet for final fitting.
  • Plan the layout of the carpet, allowing for expected traffic patterns and placing seams for best appearance and longest wear.
  • Stretch carpet to align with walls and ensure a smooth surface, and press carpet in place over tack strips or use staples, tape, tacks or glue to hold carpet in place.
  • Take measurements and study floor sketches to calculate the area to be carpeted and the amount of material needed.
  • Cut carpet padding to size and install padding, following prescribed method.
  • Install carpet on some floors using adhesive, following prescribed method.
  • Nail tack strips around area to be carpeted or use old strips to attach edges of new carpet.
  • Fasten metal treads across door openings or where carpet meets flooring to hold carpet in place.
  • Measure, cut and install tackless strips along the baseboard or wall.
  • Draw building diagrams and record dimensions.
  • Move furniture from area to be carpeted and remove old carpet and padding.
  • Cut and bind material.
  • Clean up before and after installation, including vacuuming carpet and discarding remnant pieces.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air underlayment staplers
  • Butane glue guns
  • Carpet awls
  • Carpet base cutters
  • Carpet clamps
  • Carpet cutters
  • Carpet grippers/pullers
  • Carpet seam steamers
  • Carpet shears
  • Carpet trolleys
  • Carpet tucking tools
  • Caulking guns
  • Concrete nail drivers
  • Cool tip glue guns
  • Cove base guns
  • Cushion back cutters
  • Cushion lock cutters
  • Desktop computers
  • Door pin tools
  • Drill bit sets
  • Edge-binding staplers
  • Electric carpet tackers
  • Electric glue guns
  • Floor scraper blades
  • Furniture skids
  • Hammer tackers
  • Hammers
  • Hand trucks
  • Handheld calculators
  • Heavy duty electric staplers
  • Hexagon bit adaptors
  • Hooked blades
  • Jamb saws
  • Knee kickers
  • Laser printers
  • Loop pile cutters
  • Molding lifter bars
  • Multipurpose trimmers
  • Nail driving guns
  • Napping shears
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Power carpet stretchers
  • Power drills
  • Round corner carpet blades
  • Row separators
  • Rubber mallets
  • Seam cutters
  • Seam squeezers
  • Sewing needles
  • Spiral drill bits
  • Square corner carpet blades
  • Stair claws
  • Stairway stretchers
  • Standup cutters
  • Steaming irons
  • Straightedges
  • Strip cutter blades
  • Strip cutters
  • Switchblade trowels
  • Swivel-lock stretchers
  • Tackless cutter blades
  • Tape measures
  • Toe kick saws
  • Trimmer carpet blades
  • Tucking trimmers
  • Turning tools
  • Ultraviolet UV seam inspection lights
  • Undercut saws
  • Utility knives
  • Wall trimmers
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • Carpet Dealer Management System CDMS
  • eTakeoff
  • FIRST Flooring software
  • FloorCOST Estimator for Excel
  • Flooring Technologies QFloors
  • FloorRight software
  • Focus Floor Covering Software
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro
  • Microsoft Excel
  • RFMS Schedule Pro
  • Textile Management Systems RollMaster
  • Yardage Bible software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580