SOC: 47-2142.00


Cover interior walls or ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, or attach advertising posters on surfaces such as walls and billboards. May remove old materials or prepare surfaces to be papered.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
6,400 employed

Projected (2024):
6,600 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:

  • Bill Board Poster
  • Bill Poster
  • Bill Poster Installer
  • Billboard Poster
  • Hanger
  • Interior Decorator, Paperhanging
  • Paper Hanger
  • Paperhanger
  • Paperhanger and Painter
  • Paperhanger Apprentice
  • Vinyl Hanger
  • Vinyl Installer
  • Wall Covering Contractor
  • Wall Covering Installer
  • Wallcovering Hanger
  • Wallpaper Hanger
  • Wallpaper Installer
  • Wallpaperer

  • 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
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • 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
  • 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
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Smooth strips or sections of paper with brushes or rollers to remove wrinkles and bubbles and to smooth joints.
  • Trim rough edges from strips, using straightedges and trimming knives.
  • Trim excess material at ceilings or baseboards, using knives.
  • Check finished wallcoverings for proper alignment, pattern matching, and neatness of seams.
  • Mark vertical guidelines on walls to align strips, using plumb bobs and chalk lines.
  • Cover interior walls and ceilings of rooms with decorative wallpaper or fabric, using hand tools.
  • Apply adhesives to the backs of paper strips, using brushes, or dunk strips of prepasted wallcovering in water, wiping off any excess adhesive.
  • Measure and cut strips from rolls of wallpaper or fabric, using shears or razors.
  • Place strips or sections of paper on surfaces, aligning section edges and patterns.
  • Fill holes, cracks, and other surface imperfections preparatory to covering surfaces.
  • Measure surfaces or review work orders to estimate the quantities of materials needed.
  • Apply sizing to seal surfaces and maximize adhesion of coverings to surfaces.
  • Smooth rough spots on walls and ceilings, using sandpaper.
  • Set up equipment, such as pasteboards and scaffolds.
  • Remove old paper, using water, steam machines, or solvents and scrapers.
  • Apply thinned glue to waterproof porous surfaces, using brushes, rollers, or pasting machines.
  • Mix paste, using paste powder and water, and brush paste onto surfaces.
  • Staple or tack advertising posters onto fences, walls, billboards, or poles.
  • Remove paint, varnish, dirt, and grease from surfaces, using paint remover and water soda solutions.
  • Apply acetic acid to damp plaster to prevent lime from bleeding through paper.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aluminum straightedges
  • Border holdups
  • Break off knives
  • Broad knives
  • Chalk line markers
  • Double cutting wallpaper knives
  • Drywall power sanders
  • Electric bucket heaters
  • Extension ladders
  • Hand trowels
  • Laptop computers
  • Laser levels
  • Length measuring counters
  • Measuring tapes
  • Paste beaters
  • Paste board clamps
  • Paste brushes
  • Paste syringes
  • Paste tables
  • Perforating rollers
  • Personal computers
  • Plumb lines
  • Pneumatic staplers
  • Pulleys
  • Razor blade dispensers
  • Rolling scaffolds
  • Seam rollers
  • Step ladders
  • Straight edge trimmers
  • Tablet computers
  • Wallpaper booking tables
  • Wallpaper pasting boards
  • Wallpaper pasting machines
  • Wallpaper removal sprayers
  • Wallpaper scissors
  • Wallpaper scrapers
  • Wallpaper shears
  • Wallpaper smoothers
  • Wallpaper smoothing brushes
  • Wallpaper steamers
  • A-Systems Jobview
  • Construction Software Center EasyEst
  • Microsoft Excel
  • On Center Quick Bid
  • PlanSwift software
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal

  • construction and extraction

    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580