Custom tile design is a difficult craft that can be rewarding financially and personally. This quick guide will explain the tile and marble setting professions.
Tile and marble setters apply hard tile and marble to walls, floors, and other surfaces. Industry operators install tile such as ceramic, interior stone, and mosaic. They can also install marble particles that are mixed with cement to create terrazzo.
Installing tile and marble is physically demanding, with workers spending much of their time reaching, bending, and kneeling. Those in commercial settings may work evenings and weekends. About a third of all tile and marble setters were self-employed in 2012.
Although some tile and marble setters learn their trade through an apprenticeship, most learn on the job, starting as a helper.
The median annual wage for tile and marble setters was $37,040 in May 2012.
Employment of tile and marble setters is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth and business growth, coupled with the continuing popularity of tile and marble, will require more workers. Overall job prospects should improve over the coming decade as construction activity continues to rebound.
|Quick Facts: Tile and Marble Setters|
|2012 Median Pay||$37,040 per year
$17.81 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||39,200|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||15% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||5,900|
*Table and information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics
Ceramic and concrete tile installations
Marble, granite and slate contracting
Other construction services
Non-construction activities (e.g. retailing)
Installing ceramic tiles
Installing interior granite tiles (wall and floor)
Installing mosaic work
Installing mantel, marble and stone tiles
Setting and laying tiles (except resilient tiles)
Refinishing set tiles