Wall and Floor Tilers lay ceramic, clay, slate, marble and glass tiles on external and internal walls and floors to provide protective and decorative finishes.

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed. Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

Tasks

  • examining plans, measuring and marking surfaces and laying out work
  • preparing wall and floor surfaces by removing old tiles, grout and adhesive, filling holes and cracks, and cleaning surfaces
  • spreading adhesive onto prepared surfaces and tiles, and setting tiles in position
  • using tile-cutting tools to cut and shape tiles needed for edges and corners, and around objects such as fittings and pipes
  • ensuring tiles are correctly aligned and spaced
  • grouting tiles, and cleaning and removing excess grout
  • applying waterproofing systems
  • may lay floors of granolithic, terrazzo, cement or similar composition
  • may lay coloured tiles in patterns to create mosaics

Job Titles

  • Wall and Floor Tiler
  • Wall and Floor Tiler

    Specialisations: Ceramic Tiler, Mosaic Tiler

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $1,000 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    strong
  • Skill Level

    Certificate III or IV
  • Employment Size

    24400
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    99.0%
  • Female Share

    1.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    85.6%

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This is a large occupation employing 24,400 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
Strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • Wall and Floor Tilers work in most parts of Australia.
  • They nearly all work in Construction.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.4 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,000 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 41 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

In 2016, employers in the eastern states found it hard to fill vacancies for Wall and Floor Tilers. Employers were after Wall and Floor Tilers to work across a range of sectors and valued experience with a wide range of tiling materials (such as porcelain, ceramic and stone). To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200516900
200620600
200715700
200824400
200918700
201019500
201118000
201216100
201314500
201420700
201524400
202026800

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10001230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs Average
Full-time85.668.4
Part-time14.431.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.440

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction99
Administrative and Support Services1

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.831.8
VIC22.725.5
QLD18.819.8
SA5.86.8
WA18.611.2
TAS0.82
NT0.61.1
ACT1.91.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192-5.45.4
20-248.7-9.99.9
25-3428-23.423.4
35-4425-21.721.7
45-5423.2-21.121.1
55-598.3-8.78.7
60-643.8-5.95.9
65 and Over0.9-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryWall and Floor TilersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males99Males53.6
Females1Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0-8.68.6
Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.6-10.110.1
Certificate III/IV47.3-18.918.9
Year 1221.6-18.718.7
Years 11 & 104.1-17.717.7
Below Year 1010.4-8.18.1

A Certificate III including at least 2 years of on-the-job training, or a Certificate IV, or at least 3 years of relevant experience, is usually needed.
Around half of workers have a Certificate III/IV. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Wall and Floor Tilers who are reliable, work well in a team and hardworking.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Building and Construction

    72% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

  2. English Language

    63% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Mathematics

    61% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Design

    60% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Customer and Personal Service

    58% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Handling and Moving Objects

    85% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  2. Getting Information

    81% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Performing General Physical Activities

    78% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

  4. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    76% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  5. Estimating Products, Events, or Information

    72% Important

    Working out sizes, distances, and amounts; or time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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