Floor Finishers measure, cut, install and repair soft and resilient floor coverings.

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. Most workers have Year 11 and 10 as their highest educational attainment. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

Tasks

  • measuring areas to be covered and consulting plans to estimate quantities of floor covering materials required
  • preparing surfaces for covering and removing baseboard trims
  • measuring, cutting and fixing underlay materials
  • laying coverings, such as carpets, linoleum, parquetry blocks, cork tiles and other resilient flooring materials, over floors, matching patterns, cutting shapes around fixtures and trimming edges
  • securing floor coverings and fitting edge trims in doorways
  • sanding, staining and applying finishing coatings to timber floors
  • may install wall, ceiling, counter and bench coverings

Job Titles

  • Floor Finisher
  • Floor Finisher

    Specialisations: Carpet Layer, Parquetry Layer

Fast Facts

  • $855 Weekly Pay
  • 11,300 workers Employment Size
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 89.9% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41.7 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 0.9% female Gender Share

The number of Floor Finishers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 11,300 in 2018 to 11,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 4,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 800 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Floor Finishers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn around $855 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (89.9%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.7 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 0.9% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200812000
200911600
201011200
201112800
20128300
201312400
20147700
20159800
20169000
201713700
201811300
202311900

Weekly Earnings

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.
EarningsFloor FinishersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8551230

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Construction94.3
Retail Trade2.5
Administrative and Support Services1.9
Wholesale Trade1.0
Other Industries0.3

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 2017, 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.
StateFloor FinishersAll Jobs Average
NSW31.631.6
VIC27.226.2
QLD17.119.7
SA3.36.7
WA15.210.8
TAS3.72.0
NT0.51.1
ACT1.41.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketFloor FinishersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.5-5.25.2
20-2412.2-9.99.9
25-3430.1-23.623.6
35-4433.9-21.721.7
45-549.2-20.820.8
55-593.5-8.88.8
60-647.7-6.06.0
65 and Over0.9-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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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. Most workers have Year 11 and 10 as their highest educational attainment. Sometimes experience or on-the-job training is needed in addition to a qualification. Some additional tickets may also be required.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Customer and Personal Service

    73% Important

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

  2. Mathematics

    68% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  3. Administration and Management

    68% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. English Language

    66% Important

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

  5. Building and Construction

    66% Important

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

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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Performing General Physical Activities

    92% Important

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

  2. Handling and Moving Objects

    89% Important

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

  3. Getting Information

    83% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  4. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    78% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  5. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    74% Important

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

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2041.00 - Carpet Installers.

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