Tile and Marble Setters


DESCRIPTION

Tile and marble setters apply hard tile, marble, and wood tile to walls, floors, ceilings, and roof decks.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Cut and shape tile to fit around obstacles and into odd spaces and corners, using hand and power cutting tools. 

  • Lay and set mosaic tiles to create decorative wall, mural, and floor designs. 

  • Align and straighten tile using levels, squares, and straightedges. 

  • Determine and implement the best layout to achieve a desired pattern. 

  • Measure and mark surfaces to be tiled, following blueprints.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED 

  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. 

  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. 

  • Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Floats — Bull floats; Grout floats; Magnesium floats; Wood floats 
  • Plaster or mortar mixers — Colloidal mixers; Drum cement mixers; Horizontal shaft mixers; Mixing drills 
  • Power grinders — Base grinders; Floor grinding machines; Mini grinders; Stone grinders 
  • Scaffolding — Ladder jacks; Mechanical scaffolds; Rolling scaffolds; Stationary scaffolds 
  • Trowels — Buttering trowels; Gauging trowels; Notch trowels; Point trowels

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $35,360 or $17.00/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $25,500 and $48,680.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2024)

70

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★✩ High

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 51% had less than high school diploma. 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.