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

  • $1,000 Weekly Pay
  • 28,100 workers Employment Size
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 82.2% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 40.4 hours Average full-time
  • 38 years Average age
  • 3.0% female Gender Share

The number of Wall and Floor Tilers grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years:
from 28,100 in 2017 to 32,200 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 16,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a large occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Wall and Floor Tilers work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (82.2%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 40.4 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: 3% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

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 Jobs and Small Business latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
200717300
200818400
200927100
201013900
201119900
201218600
201315200
201414600
201524700
201625100
201728100
202232200

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.
EarningsWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings10001230

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)
Construction99.2
Administrative and Support Services0.4
Manufacturing0.4

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.
StateWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.031.6
VIC22.526.2
QLD31.619.7
SA6.26.7
WA9.110.8
TAS0.62.0
NT0.81.1
ACT2.01.8

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 BracketWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.1-5.25.2
20-248.7-9.99.9
25-3430.5-23.623.6
35-4428.8-21.721.7
45-5417.9-20.820.8
55-598.0-8.88.8
60-642.9-6.06.0
65 and Over0.1-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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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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. 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.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2044.00 - Tile and Marble Setters.

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