Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers
SOC: 47-2081.00


Apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings. Apply or mount acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials may be of decorative quality. Includes lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
106,000 employed

Projected (2024):
111,500 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 Ceiling Installer
  • Acoustical Ceiling Mechanic
  • Acoustical Ceiling Technician
  • Carpenter
  • Ceiling Installer
  • Dry Wall Installer
  • Drywall Applicator
  • Drywall Boardhanger
  • Drywall Carrier
  • Drywall Finisher
  • Drywall Hanger
  • Drywall Installer
  • Drywall Mechanic
  • Drywall Metal Stud Worker
  • Drywall Professional
  • Drywall Sander
  • Drywall Stripper
  • Drywall Taper
  • Drywall Worker
  • Drywaller
  • Exterior Interior Specialist
  • Framer
  • Furrer
  • Interior Specialist
  • Lath Hand
  • Lather
  • Lather Apprentice
  • Metal Framer
  • Metal Furrer
  • Metal Lather
  • Metal Stud Framer
  • Plaster Lather
  • Rock Lather
  • Rockboard Lather
  • Sheet Rock Applicator
  • Sheet Rock Applier
  • Sheet Rock Finisher
  • Sheet Rock Hanger
  • Sheet Rock Installer
  • Sheet Rock Layer
  • Sheet Rock Nailer
  • Sheet Rock Sander
  • Sheet Rock Worker
  • Sheet Rocker
  • Sheetrock Applicator
  • Sheetrock Hanger
  • Sheetrock Installer
  • Wire Lather
  • Wood Lather

  • 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
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Measure and mark surfaces to lay out work, according to blueprints or drawings, using tape measures, straightedges or squares, and marking devices.
  • Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements.
  • Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws.
  • Hang dry lines to wall moldings to guide positioning of main runners.
  • Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures, using keyhole saws or other cutting tools.
  • Hang drywall panels on metal frameworks of walls and ceilings in offices, schools, or other large buildings, using lifts or hoists to adjust panel heights when necessary.
  • Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents.
  • Coordinate work with drywall finishers who cover the seams between drywall panels.
  • Trim rough edges from wallboard to maintain even joints, using knives.
  • Cut and screw together metal channels to make floor or ceiling frames, according to plans for the location of rooms or hallways.
  • Inspect furrings, mechanical mountings, or masonry surfaces for plumbness and level, using spirit or water levels.
  • Cut fixture or border tiles to size, using keyhole saws, and insert them into surrounding frameworks.
  • Cut metal or wood framing and trim to size, using cutting tools.
  • Install horizontal and vertical metal or wooden studs to frames so that wallboard can be attached to interior walls.
  • Scribe and cut edges of tile to fit walls where wall molding is not specified.
  • Fasten metal or rockboard lath to the structural framework of walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using nails, screws, staples, or wire-ties.
  • Suspend angle iron grids or channel irons from ceilings, using wire.
  • Seal joints between ceiling tiles and walls.
  • Mount tile, using adhesives, or by nailing, screwing, stapling, or wire-tying lath directly to structural frameworks.
  • Install blanket insulation between studs and tack plastic moisture barriers over insulation.
  • Install metal lath where plaster applications will be exposed to weather or water, or for curved or irregular surfaces.
  • Apply cement to backs of tiles and press tiles into place, aligning them with layout marks or joints of previously laid tile.
  • Nail channels or wood furring strips to surfaces to provide mounting for tile.
  • Wash concrete surfaces before mounting tile to increase adhesive qualities of surfaces, using washing soda and zinc sulfate solution.
  • Apply or mount acoustical tile or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings or walls of buildings to reduce reflection of sound or to decorate rooms.
  • Remove existing plaster, drywall, or paneling, using crowbars and hammers.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adhesive guns
  • Air compressors
  • Automatic taping tools
  • Box beam levels
  • Bullnose trowels
  • Caulking guns
  • Chalk lines
  • Chop saws
  • Circle cutters
  • Corner knives
  • Crowhead hammers
  • Drywall hammers
  • Drywall hatchets
  • Drywall jacks
  • Drywall lifts
  • Drywall mud mixers
  • Drywall ripping tools
  • Drywall routers
  • Drywall saws
  • Drywall scoring tools
  • Drywall screw guns
  • Drywall screwdrivers
  • Drywall T-squares
  • Drywall trowels
  • Edge cutters
  • Fan blade mixers
  • Feather edge drywall darbies
  • Hacksaws
  • Heavy duty staple guns
  • Inside corner trowels
  • Joint knives
  • Keyhole saws
  • Ladders
  • Laser printers
  • Mini lifters
  • Notebook computers
  • Outside corner trowels
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pistol hopper guns
  • Pole sanders
  • Power drills
  • Power hand sanders
  • Rasps
  • Respirators
  • Roll lifters
  • Rotary sanders
  • Saber saws
  • Safety harnesses
  • Scaffolding
  • Staple guns
  • Stilts
  • Tablet computers
  • Tape measures
  • Taping knives
  • Texture brushes
  • Texture guns
  • Texture sprayers
  • Tin snips
  • Torpedo levels
  • Trimming knives
  • Utility knives
  • Wall scrapers
  • Wallboard saws
  • Wallboard T-squares
  • Wipe-down knives
  • Business management software
  • Construction Software Center EasyEst
  • DevWave Estimate Works
  • Job costing software
  • Logic Group Scanner Digitizing Software
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • On Center Quick Bid
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Wilhelm Publishing Threshold

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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580