Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
Terrazzo workers and finishers apply a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.
WHAT YOU'LL DO
Measure designated amounts of ingredients for terrazzo or grout according to standard formulas and specifications, using graduated containers and scales, and load ingredients into portable mixer.
Grind surfaces with a power grinder or polish surfaces with polishing or surfacing machines.
Cut metal division strips and press them into the terrazzo base for joints or changes of color to form designs or patterns or to help prevent cracks.
Blend marble chip mixtures, place into panels, and push a roller over the surface to embed the chips.
Modify mixing, grouting, grinding, or cleaning procedures, according to type of installation or material used.
SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED
Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
C clamps — Locking C-clamps
Concrete spreaders — Hand screeds; Power screeds
Power grinders — Portable hand grinders; Surfacing machines
Trowels — Hand trowels; Jointers; Power trowels; Rake jointers
AT A GLANCE
AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE
The average annual wage is $40,930 or $19.68/hour.
Annual salaries range betweeen $25,980 and $75,470.
DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)
EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED
On average, 70% had a high school diploma or equivalent. These occupations usually require a high school diploma. Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.