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. 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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $15.48/hr
Median: $19.11/hr
Experienced: $22.70/hr

Current Employment
399 (2019)

Projected Employment
410 (2030)

Growth for Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

2019 Jobs2030 JobsChange (2019-2030)% Change (2019-2030)

Industries Employing Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2019)% of Occupation in Industry (2019)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2019)
Drywall and Insulation Contractors28571.5%47.4%
Commercial and Institutional Building Construction215.3%1.3%
Residential Remodelers184.5%0.7%
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors112.7%1.7%
Framing Contractors<100.5%1%

Occupational Skills

  • Read blueprints or other specifications to determine methods of installation, work procedures, or material or tool requirements
  • Measure and mark surfaces to lay out work, according to blueprints or drawings, using tape measures, straightedges or squares, and marking devices
  • Fit and fasten wallboard or drywall into position on wood or metal frameworks, using glue, nails, or screws
  • Measure and cut openings in panels or tiles for electrical outlets, windows, vents, plumbing, or other fixtures, using keyhole saws or other cutting tools
  • Assemble or install metal framing or decorative trim for windows, doorways, or vents