Floor Covering Installers


Floor Covering Installers


Floor covering installers include a wide range of construction workers, each specializing in the materials with which they work. Resilient floor layers install, replace, and repair shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative floor covering such as vinyl tile and sheet vinyl on finished interior floors of buildings. Carpet layers install carpets and rugs, most often wall-to-wall carpeting. Approximately 37,200 carpet installers, 30,100 floor layers (except carpet, wood, and hard tiles), and 56,000 tile and marbl...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Part-time experience helping a flooring installation contractor





Personality Traits



The earnings of floor covering installers vary depending on experience, geographic location, and whether wages are set by union contracts. Most installers are paid by the hour, but some are paid by the number of yards of flooring they install, a system that can benefit installers who work particularly fast.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median hourly wage of carpet insta...

Work Environment

Although floor covering installers usually work in the daytime, some work is done at night or on weekends to minimize disruptions, such as work done in offices and stores. The standard workweek is 35 to 40 hours. Installers usually receive overtime for weekend and holiday work. Self-employed installers may work very irregular hours.

Floor covering installation involves fewer hazards than...


Employment for carpet installers is expected to decline by 2 percent through 2028, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH). Carpet is the most popular type of flooring in the United States, but employment for carpet installers has declined as more homeowners and businesses choose to install tile and hardwood floors in the belief that these materials are more durable than c...