Tile Finisher

Supply and mix construction materials for Tile Setters.
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Salary Range
$19,000 – $47,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Tile Finishers do?

Supplies and mixes construction materials for TILE SETTER 861.381-054, applies grout, and cleans installed tile: Moves tiles, tilesetting tools, and work devices from storage area to installation site manually or using wheelbarrow. Mixes mortar and grout according to standard formulas and request from TILE SETTER, using bucket, water hose, spatula, and portable mixer. Supplies TILE SETTER with mortar, using wheelbarrow and shovel. Applies grout between joints of installed tile, using grouting trowel. Removes excess grout from tile joints with wet sponge and scrapes corners and crevices with trowel. Wipes surface of tile after grout has set to remove grout residue and polish tile, using nonabrasive materials. Cleans installation site, mixing and storage areas, and installation machines, tools, and equipment, using water and various cleaning tools. Stores tile setting materials, machines, tools, and equipment. May apply caulk, sealers, acid, steam, or related agents to caulk, seal, or clean installed tile, using various application devices and equipment. May modify mixing, grouting, grinding, and cleaning procedures according to type of installation or material used. May assist TILE SETTER to position and secure metal lath, wire mesh, or felt paper prior to installation of tile. May cut marked tiles to size, using power saw or tile cutter.


Should I be a Tile Finisher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Floor-Finisher Helper, Squeegee Finisher, Wall Washer, White Washer

    How to become a Tile Finisher

    Most Tile Finishers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Doctorate degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9paaaf&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2819%25%29||||doctorate+%287%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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