SOC: 47-2082.00


Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surface for painting or papering.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
21,000 employed

Projected (2024):
22,100 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:

  • Drywall Finisher
  • Drywall Finisher Foreman
  • Drywall Finishing Foreman
  • Drywall Foreman
  • Drywall Mechanic
  • Drywall Taper
  • Finisher
  • Sheet Rock Taper
  • Taper
  • Taper/Finisher
  • Taping Foreman
  • Wall Taper

  • 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
  • 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 Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Remove extra compound after surfaces have been covered sufficiently.
  • Spread sealing compound between boards or panels or over cracks, holes, nail heads, or screw heads, using trowels, broadknives, or spatulas.
  • Press paper tape over joints to embed tape into sealing compound and to seal joints.
  • Mix sealing compounds by hand or with portable electric mixers.
  • Spread and smooth cementing material over tape, using trowels or floating machines to blend joints with wall surfaces.
  • Seal joints between plasterboard or other wallboard to prepare wall surfaces for painting or papering.
  • Sand or patch nicks or cracks in plasterboard or wallboard.
  • Use mechanical applicators that spread compounds and embed tape in one operation.
  • Apply additional coats to fill in holes and make surfaces smooth.
  • Install metal molding at wall corners to secure wallboard.
  • Sand rough spots of dried cement between applications of compounds.
  • Countersink nails or screws below surfaces of walls before applying sealing compounds, using hammers or screwdrivers.
  • Select the correct sealing compound or tape.
  • Apply texturizing compounds or primers to walls or ceilings before final finishing, using trowels, brushes, rollers, or spray guns.
  • Check adhesives to ensure that they will work and will remain durable.
  • Work on high ceilings using scaffolding or other tools, such as stilts.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Air compressors
  • Application brushes
  • Automatic taping tools
  • Banjo drywall tapers
  • Corner knives
  • Corner rollers
  • Drywall knockdown knives
  • Drywall mud mixers
  • Drywall power sanders
  • Drywall saws
  • Drywall stilts
  • Drywall taping knives
  • Drywall trowels
  • Dust masks
  • Feather edge drywall darbies
  • Goggles
  • Hand operated spray guns
  • Hopper guns
  • Industrial vacuums
  • Joint knives
  • Ladders
  • Mud mixing drills
  • Notebook computers
  • Patch guns
  • Personal computers
  • Pivoting drywall knives
  • Putty knives
  • Radius trowels
  • Scaffolding
  • Screwdrivers
  • Texture brushes
  • Texture rollers
  • Texture sprayers
  • Utility knives
  • Wall scrapers
  • Wipe-down knives
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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580