Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

47-2081 Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

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. Include 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. Exclude "Carpenters" (47-2031), and "Tile and Marble Setters" (47-2044).

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
111,600 2.6 % $17.48 $36,350 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.76 $12.43 $16.21 $21.50 $28.03
Annual Wage (2) $20,300 $25,860 $33,710 $44,710 $58,300

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building finishing contractors 92,070 $17.92 $37,280 1 4
Nonresidential building construction 7,450 $15.08 $31,370 2 13
Residential building construction 4,490 $16.48 $34,280 3 8
Employment services 2,480 $12.58 $26,180 4 15
Building foundation and exterior contractors 2,220 $15.71 $32,670 5 11

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Lumber and const. supply merchant wholesalers (6) $22.62 $47,060 (6) 1
Nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying 50 $18.93 $39,380 13 2
Other heavy construction (6) $18.28 $38,030 (6) 3
Building finishing contractors 92,070 $17.92 $37,280 1 4
Building equipment contractors 550 $17.89 $37,220 6 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Colorado 5,430 $15.62 $32,490 0.255% 361
Arizona 5,430 $13.42 $27,910 0.242% 386
Nevada 2,080 $17.34 $36,070 0.197% 298
California 25,510 $20.41 $42,450 0.176% 309
Idaho 880 $15.71 $32,670 0.156% 242

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Hawaii 390 $27.99 $58,230 0.071% 76
Alaska 80 $26.85 $55,840 0.028% 99
New York 3,640 $24.52 $51,010 0.044% 214
New Jersey 1,600 $24.38 $50,700 0.041% 215
Washington 3,720 $24.34 $50,630 0.145% 179

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Modesto, CA MSA 760 $20.34 $42,310 0.477%
Denver, CO PMSA 4,230 $15.55 $32,350 0.372%
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO MSA 440 $16.41 $34,130 0.363%
Sacramento, CA PMSA 2,450 $17.12 $35,620 0.334%
Fresno, CA MSA 1,140 $19.10 $39,730 0.328%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
New York, NY PMSA 900 $35.19 $73,200 0.023%
San Francisco, CA PMSA 900 $28.97 $60,250 0.090%
Peoria-Pekin, IL MSA 80 $28.38 $59,030 0.050%
Honolulu, HI MSA 300 $28.33 $58,920 0.075%
Bergen-Passaic, NJ PMSA 190 $28.05 $58,350 0.030%

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(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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