Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
SOC: 47-2042.00

Description:

Apply blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
17,100 employed

Projected (2024):
19,200 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:

  • Asphalt Tile Floor Layer
  • Composition Floor Layer
  • Composition Floor Setter
  • Composition Tile Layer
  • Cork Floor Installer
  • Floor Covering Contractor
  • Floor Covering Layer
  • Floor Coverings Installer
  • Floor Layer
  • Floor Layer Apprentice
  • Flooring Helper
  • Flooring Installer
  • Flooring Mechanic
  • Flooring Professional
  • Hardwood Floor Installer
  • Laminate Floor Installer
  • Linoleum Floor Installer
  • Linoleum Installer
  • Linoleum Layer
  • Linoleum Layer Apprentice
  • Linoleum Mechanic
  • Linoleum Tile Layer
  • Plastic Tile Setter
  • Resilient Tile Installer
  • Rubber Block Layer
  • Rubber Tile Floor Layer
  • Shock-Absorption Floor Layer
  • Soft Tile Setter
  • Tile Applicator
  • Tile Fitter
  • Tile Installer
  • Tile Mechanic
  • Tile Setter
  • Tile Setter Apprentice
  • Tile Trimmer
  • Tiler
  • Vinyl Flooring Installer
  • Vinyl 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
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • 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
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Sweep, scrape, sand, or chip dirt and irregularities to clean base surfaces, correcting imperfections that may show through the covering.
  • Cut flooring material to fit around obstructions.
  • Inspect surface to be covered to ensure that it is firm and dry.
  • Trim excess covering materials, tack edges, and join sections of covering material to form tight joint.
  • Form a smooth foundation by stapling plywood or Masonite over the floor or by brushing waterproof compound onto surface and filling cracks with plaster, putty, or grout to seal pores.
  • Measure and mark guidelines on surfaces or foundations, using chalk lines and dividers.
  • Cut covering and foundation materials, according to blueprints and sketches.
  • Roll and press sheet wall and floor covering into cement base to smooth and finish surface, using hand roller.
  • Apply adhesive cement to floor or wall material to join and adhere foundation material.
  • Determine traffic areas and decide location of seams.
  • Lay out, position, and apply shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative coverings to floors, walls, and cabinets, following guidelines to keep courses straight and create designs.
  • Remove excess cement to clean finished surface.
  • Disconnect and remove appliances, light fixtures, and worn floor and wall covering from floors, walls, and cabinets.
  • Heat and soften floor covering materials to patch cracks or fit floor coverings around irregular surfaces, using blowtorch.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adhesive spreaders
  • Adhesive syringes
  • Adjustable wedges
  • Appliance sliders
  • Automatic plasma arc welding machines
  • Aviation snips
  • Bar scribers
  • Base molding lifters
  • Broad knives
  • Bubble levels
  • Butane torches
  • Chalk line markers
  • Claw clamps
  • Claw hammers
  • Concrete floats
  • Concrete floor grinders
  • Corner templates
  • Cove base shears
  • Dolphin knives
  • Electric glue guns
  • Floor caulking guns
  • Floor polishing machines
  • Floor sanders
  • Floor stripping machines
  • Flooring edge cutters
  • Flooring knee pads
  • Flooring screw guns
  • Flooring staplers
  • Flooring utility knives
  • Gauge rakes
  • Grinding stones
  • Grooving tools
  • Grout floats
  • Grout sponges
  • Guillotine shears
  • Hacksaws
  • Hammer tackers
  • Hand groovers
  • Hand rollers
  • Handheld distance meters
  • Heat welding nozzles
  • Hot air guns
  • Humidity measurement equipment
  • Laminate files
  • Laminate shears
  • Laser squares
  • Layout squares
  • Linoleum dollies
  • Linoleum knives
  • Linoleum rollers
  • Material carts
  • Material dollies
  • Measuring tapes
  • Moving straps
  • Nail driving bars
  • Notched trowels
  • Personal computers
  • Pinch bars
  • Pneumatic coil nailers
  • Power groovers
  • Power mixers
  • Protective safety glasses
  • Pull bars
  • Pull saws
  • Quarter moon knives
  • Razor floor scrapers
  • Rubber mallets
  • Scoring knives
  • Scratch awls
  • Screeds
  • Skiving knives
  • Staple removers
  • Steel straightedges
  • Strap clamps
  • Tapping blocks
  • Tile cutters
  • Undercut saws
  • Underlayment staplers
  • Vinyl scribers
  • Vinyl tile cutters
  • Wall spacers
  • Aya Associates Comp-U-Floor
  • CCS Computing Services FIRST Flooring Software
  • CPR Software FloorCOST Estimator for Excel
  • Flooring Technologies Qfloors
  • Focus Floor Covering Software
  • Measure Square FloorEstimate Pro
  • Microsoft Office software
  • On Center On-Screen Takeoff
  • Project visualization software
  • Radio frequency identification RFID software
  • Saltire Software FloorRight Software
  • Textile Management Systems RollMaster
  • Web browser software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580