A floor finisher works in the interior construction industry, applying the necessary finishing touches to the installation of a floor. The job of a floor finisher encompasses various duties, such as the application of filling material to seal the gaps in the wooden panels, as well as using a sanding machine to polish the floor and clear out any imperfections. The sander is actually an integral part of the job in most cases, and the floor finisher will usually be tasked with performing maintenance work on the machine as well.
Becoming a floor finisher only requires a high school diploma and optionally, experience working with power tools, especially sanders. A floor finisher will sometimes be required to perform the final check on the floor’s visuals, ensuring it looks as best as possible – so a good aesthetic sense is also beneficial for performing the job well. Some companies actually have requirements in terms of experience for candidates for the position, as they aim to ensure that the employee would be able to provide the best performance they can, usually when working on high-profile construction operations.
The job of a floor finisher, being mostly manual labor, doesn’t tend to pay very highly compared to other jobs in the construction sector – $23,000 – $47,000 is the most common range for the salaries of floor finishers, and in some cases the salary may be notably higher when the job involves more complicated designs that require more attention.