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Tile and Marble Setters

Tile and Marble Setters
Quick Facts : Tile and Marble Setters*
2010 Median Pay$38,110
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201258,700
Job Outlook25% (Faster than average)
Employment Change14,900

Tile and marble setters apply hard tile, marble, and wood tiles to walls, floors, and other surfaces. Tile installers, tilesetters, and marble setters install materials on a variety of surfaces, such as floors, walls, ceilings, countertops, patios, and roof decks. Installing tile and marble is labor intensive, with workers spending much of their time reaching, bending, and kneeling.

What Tile and Marble Setters Do

  • Clean and level the surface to be tiled
  • Measure and cut tile and marble
  • Arrange tiles according to the design plans
  • Prepare and apply mortar or other adhesives
  • Install tile and marble in the planned area

Work Environment

Installing tile and marble is labor intensive, and workers spend much of their time bending, kneeling, and reaching. Although the occupation is not as dangerous as some other construction trades, workers still experience a high rate of injuries and illnesses.
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Job Outlook

Employment of tile and marble setters is projected to grow 25 percent from 2010 to 2020 along with the rising population growth and business growth.
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The average salary of tile and marble setters was $38,110 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Tile and Marble Setters

Many learn informally on the job, starting as a helper although some tile and marble setters learn their trade through a 2- to 4-year apprenticeship. Tile and marble setters may begin with 12-week pre-apprenticeship training at a training center to learn construction basics. Some 2-year technical schools offer courses that are affiliated with unions and contractor organizations. The credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate's degree.
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