Soft Tile Setter

Apply decorative steel, aluminum, and plastic tile to walls and cabinets.
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Salary Range
$21,000 – $64,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Soft Tile Setters do?

Applies decorative steel, aluminum, and plastic tile to walls and cabinets of bathrooms and kitchens: Measures surface to locate center points and draws horizontal and vertical guidelines through them. Brushes waterproof compound over plaster surfaces to seal pores. Spreads adhesive cement over wall, using trowel or broad knife. Positions tile on cement, following specified pattern. Presses tile into cement. Removes excess cement from joints between tile to clean finished surface, using damp cloth or cleaning compound. Rolls sheet wall covering with hand roller to press into cement. May wipe grout into joints of tile to seal them. May be designated according to type of tile applied as Metal-Tile Setter; Plastic-Tile Layer.


Should I be a Soft Tile Setter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.

  • Also known as: Metal-Tile Setter, Plastic Tile Setter, Tile Applicator, Tile Fitter, Tiler, Tile Trimmer

    How to become a Soft Tile Setter

    Most Soft Tile Setters 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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