A floor installer is a worker tasked with the installation of the material that covers the floor in a building. There are different types of floor covers, and most floor installers are required to know how to work with most, if not all of them – for example, tiles, linoleum and regular carpeting. The floor installer will first prepare the surface by smoothing out any imperfections, after which they’ll cut down the covering material (where applicable) and lay it down, sealing/gluing it with an appropriate solution.
Becoming a floor installer doesn’t require a higher degree of education, with a high school diploma being enough in most cases. Companies may require their candidates to have knowledge in working with a specific type of covering material – apart from the regular ones mentioned above, sometimes the job involves working with more unusual materials such as cork, rubber and even asphalt. Good knowledge and experience with a wide variety of these materials is always beneficial to those wishing to find employment in the industry.
A floor installer can earn a moderately good salary, substantially higher than that of a floor finisher – which is to be expected, as the job involves more responsibilities in general. The annual salary varies between $36,000 – $78,000, and in some cases a highly skilled floor installer with plenty of experience will be actively sought after by various companies. On the other hand, those who’re not cut out for the job may go on for a long time without seeing any good earnings.