Floor Layer

Apply sheets of coverings to floors, walls, and cabinets.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$21,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Floor Layers do?

Applies blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing, sound-deadening, or decorative covering to floors, walls, and cabinets: Disconnects and removes obstacles, such as appliances and light fixtures. Sweeps, scrapes, sands, or chips dirt and irregularities from base surfaces, and fills cracks with putty, plaster, or cement grout to form smooth, clean foundation. Measures and cuts covering materials, such as rubber, linoleum or cork tile, and foundation material, such as felt, according to blueprints and sketches, using rule, straightedge, linoleum knife, and snips. Spreads adhesive cement over floor to cement foundation material to floor for sound-deadening, and to prevent covering from wearing at board joints. Lays out centerlines, guidelines, and borderlines on foundation with chalkline and dividers. Spreads cement on foundation material with serrated trowel. Lays covering on cement, following guidelines, to keep tile courses straight and butts edges of blocks to match patterns and execute designs. Joins sections of sheet covering by overlapping adjoining edges and cutting through both layers with knife to form tight joint. Rolls finished floor to smooth it and press cement into base and covering. May soften area of floor covering with butane torch to fit materials around irregular surfaces. May lay carpet [CARPET LAYER]. May be designated according to type of floor laid as Asphalt-Tile-Floor Layer; Cork-Tile-Floor Layer; Linoleum-Floor Layer; Linoleum Layer; Linoleum-Tile-Floor Layer; Rubber-Tile-Floor Layer.


Should I be a Floor Layer?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Asphalt Tile Floor Layer, Composition Floor Layer, Cork-Tile-Floor Layer, Floor Layer Apprentice, Floor Mechanic See More

    How to become a Floor Layer

    Most Floor Layers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9daaaa&chl=no+college+%2895%25%29|certificate+%285%25%29||||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,95,95
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