Floor Sanders and Finishers
SOC: 47-2043.00

Description:

Scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machine, and apply coats of finish.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
7,900 employed

Projected (2024):
8,400 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:

  • Bowling Alley Refinisher
  • Construction Worker I
  • Floor Finisher
  • Floor Installer
  • Floor Mechanic
  • Floor Refinisher
  • Floor Renovator
  • Floor Sander
  • Floor Sanding Machine Operator
  • Floor Scraper
  • Floor Surfacer
  • Hardwood Finisher
  • Hardwood Floor Finisher
  • Hardwood Floor Installer
  • Hardwood Floor Refinisher
  • Hardwood Floor Sander
  • Liquid Floor and Wall Applier
  • Wood Floor Refinisher


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

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

    Education:

    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
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • 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
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Inspect floors for smoothness.
  • Scrape and sand floor edges and areas inaccessible to floor sanders, using scrapers, disk-type sanders, and sandpaper.
  • Guide sanding machines over surfaces of floors until surfaces are smooth.
  • Attach sandpaper to rollers of sanding machines.
  • Apply filler compound and coats of finish to floors to seal wood.
  • Remove excess glue from joints, using knives, scrapers, or wood chisels.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Application brushes
  • Claw hammers
  • Corner tools
  • Draw chisels
  • Drum sanders
  • Dust masks
  • Edge sanders
  • Finish application rollers
  • Finish edging tools
  • Floor buffers
  • Floor sanders
  • Floor saws
  • Floor scraping tools
  • Floor scrubbing machines
  • Floor strippers
  • Floor waxers
  • Flooring utility knives
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic orbital sanders
  • Portable belt sanders
  • Protective ear muffs
  • Protective eyewear
  • Rotary sanders
  • Sanding blocks
  • Shop vacuums
  • Tablet computers
  • Tack cloths
  • Floor planning software
  • FloorCOST Estimator for Excel
  • Flooring Technologies QFloors
  • Measure Square software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Saltire Software FloorRight software


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580