Tile and Marble Setters
SOC: 47-2044.00

Description:

Apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
55,100 employed

Projected (2024):
58,700 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:

  • Acoustical Carpenter
  • Acoustical Installer
  • Acoustical Material Worker
  • Bathroom Tiling Professional
  • Ceramic Tile Installer
  • Ceramic Tile Mechanic
  • Ceramic Tile Setter
  • Floor Layer Tile
  • Floor Tiling Professional
  • Granite Countertop Installer
  • Granite Installer
  • Hard Tile Setter
  • Hard Tile Setter Apprentice
  • Marble Ceiling Installer
  • Marble Finisher
  • Marble Installer
  • Marble Mason
  • Marble Worker
  • Mastic Floor Layer
  • Mosaic Floor Layer
  • Mosaic Layer
  • Mosaic Worker
  • Parquet Floor Layer
  • Parquetry Floor Layer
  • Tile and Marble Installer
  • Tile and Marble Setter
  • Tile Conduit Layer
  • Tile Erector
  • Tile Finisher
  • Tile Installer
  • Tile Mason
  • Tile Mechanic
  • Tile Professional
  • Tile Setter
  • Tile Setter Apprentice
  • Tilesetter
  • Wood Tile Installer


  • 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
  • Operations Analysis
  • 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
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Align and straighten tile using levels, squares, and straightedges.
  • Determine and implement the best layout to achieve a desired pattern.
  • Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles and into odd spaces and corners, using hand and power cutting tools.
  • Finish and dress the joints and wipe excess grout from between tiles, using damp sponge.
  • Apply mortar to tile back, position the tile, and press or tap with trowel handle to affix tile to base.
  • Mix, apply, and spread plaster, concrete, mortar, cement, mastic, glue or other adhesives to form a bed for the tiles, using brush, trowel and screed.
  • Prepare cost and labor estimates, based on calculations of time and materials needed for project.
  • Measure and mark surfaces to be tiled, following blueprints.
  • Level concrete and allow to dry.
  • Build underbeds and install anchor bolts, wires, and brackets.
  • Prepare surfaces for tiling by attaching lath or waterproof paper, or by applying a cement mortar coat to a metal screen.
  • Study blueprints and examine surface to be covered to determine amount of material needed.
  • Cut, surface, polish, and install marble and granite or install pre-cast terrazzo, granite or marble units.
  • Install and anchor fixtures in designated positions, using hand tools.
  • Cut tile backing to required size, using shears.
  • Remove any old tile, grout and adhesive using chisels and scrapers and clean the surface carefully.
  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural, and floor designs.
  • Assist customers in selection of tile and grout.
  • Remove and replace cracked or damaged tile.
  • Measure and cut metal lath to size for walls and ceilings, using tin snips.
  • Select and order tile and other items to be installed, such as bathroom accessories, walls, panels, and cabinets, according to specifications.
  • Mix and apply mortar or cement to edges and ends of drain tiles to seal halves and joints.
  • Spread mastic or other adhesive base on roof deck to form base for promenade tile, using serrated spreader.
  • Apply a sealer to make grout stain- and water-resistant.
  • Brush glue onto manila paper on which design has been drawn and position tiles, finished side down, onto paper.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Air compressors
  • Angle grinders
  • Articulating boom lifts
  • Base grinders
  • Bench vises
  • Blow torches
  • Builders' levels
  • Bull floats
  • Buttering trowels
  • Caulking guns
  • Chalk lines
  • Chipping hammers
  • Claw hammers
  • Cold chisels
  • Colloidal mixers
  • Double-sided files
  • Drum cement mixers
  • Dust collectors
  • Dust masks
  • Ear muffs
  • Ear plugs
  • Electric winches
  • Exhaust fans
  • Eyewash facilities
  • Face shields
  • Fall arrest systems
  • Finishing trowels
  • Flat trowels
  • Floor grinding machines
  • Floor polishers
  • Floor scrapers
  • Floor scrubbers
  • Gas generators
  • Gauging trowels
  • Goggles
  • Grinding stones
  • Grout floats
  • Grout saws
  • Grout scrapers
  • Grouting trowels
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammer drills
  • Hammers
  • Hard hats
  • Heavy gauge trowels
  • Horizontal shaft mixers
  • Hot glue guns
  • Jackhammers
  • Ladder jacks
  • Ladders
  • Laser levels
  • Laser squares
  • Layout sticks
  • Levels
  • Lifelines
  • Magnesium floats
  • Mallets
  • Margin trowels
  • Mechanical scaffolds
  • Mini grinders
  • Mixing drills
  • Molding prybars
  • Notch trowels
  • Notebook computers
  • Pan mixers
  • Personal computers
  • Plumb bobs
  • Point trowels
  • Polishers
  • Portable mortar mixers
  • Power buffers
  • Power chisels
  • Power drills
  • Power routers
  • Power scarifiers
  • Power tile saws
  • Power undercut saws
  • Pry bars
  • Putty knives
  • Respirators
  • Rolling scaffolds
  • Rubber hammers
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • Scaffolding
  • Scissor lifts
  • Screeds
  • Screwdrivers
  • Serrated spreaders
  • Socket wrench sets
  • Spreader spatulas
  • Squares
  • Stand-up screw guns
  • Staple guns
  • Stationary scaffolds
  • Stone grinders
  • Stone polishers
  • Story pole tape measures
  • Straightedges
  • Suction cups
  • Tape measures
  • Tile cutters
  • Tile grout cleaning machines
  • Tile nippers
  • Tin snips
  • Transit levels
  • Utility knives
  • Vertical shaft mixers
  • Water levels
  • Wet saws
  • Wet-dry vacuums
  • Wonder bars
  • Wood floats
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • EasyCAD Iris 2D
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro
  • TileGem


  • construction and extraction


    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580