Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for flooring installers in the United States was $42,050 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $25,780, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,630.
The top paying industry was the construction of buildings, where the median annual salary was $44,240. This was followed by home furnishing stores ($41,050) and manufacturing ($36,390).
Autonomy and Flexibility
The level of autonomy and flexibility for a flooring installer will vary depending on the amount of experience they have. For instance, a flooring installer who is in their early training will have virtually no control over their decisions or how they plan their days. Whereas, flooring installers who have worked in the industry for years, or own their own business, will have more control over their decisions and how they arrange their day (e.g., when they meet clients, where they order their material from).
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a flooring installer, based on average annual salary and number of jobs available, are:
- South Carolina, where the average annual salary is $57,908
- North Carolina, where the average annual salary is $58,515
- Florida, where the average annual salary is $48,535
- Tennessee, where the average annual salary is $45,360
- Virginia, where the average annual salary is $50,017
The worst states to be a flooring installer, according to Zippia, are Montana, Alaska, California, Washington and Minnesota.
28% of flooring installers in the United States were self-employed workers. 8% of flooring installers were employed by home furnishing stores, 4% by the manufacturing industry and 4% by the construction of buildings.
The work of a flooring installer can be very physically demanding, as workers tend to spend much of their time reaching, bending and kneeling. They will wear protective clothing (e.g., kneepads, safety goggles and dust masks), but work related injury and illness is still common.