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.

Specialisations: Ceramic Tiler, Mosaic Tiler.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in wall and floor tiling is needed to work as a Wall and Floor Tiler.

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

All Wall and Floor Tilers

  • $1,330 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • Unavailable Unemployment
  • 26,200 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 76% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 37 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Wall and Floor Tilers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 15,400 in 2014 to 26,200 in 2019.

Caution: The Australian jobs market is changing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These estimates do not take account of the impact of COVID-19. They may not reflect the current jobs market and should be used and interpreted with extreme caution.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Wall and Floor Tilers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Construction industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,330 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Many work full-time (76%, higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 37 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Caution: The 2019 employment projections do not take account of any impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and are therefore no longer reflective of current labour market conditions. As such, they should be used, and interpreted, with extreme caution. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.
YearNumber of Workers
200927100
201013900
201119900
201218500
201315200
201415400
201523900
201624300
201726800
201822300
201926200
202428500

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings13301460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Construction97.3
Retail Trade0.4
Administrative and Support Services0.4
Manufacturing0.3
Other Industries1.6

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW30.831.6
VIC21.225.6
QLD23.120.0
SA7.57.0
WA13.910.8
TAS0.82.0
NT0.91.0
ACT1.81.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketWall and Floor TilersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.7-5.05.0
20-2410.3-9.39.3
25-3428.9-22.922.9
35-4426.1-22.022.0
45-5419.1-21.621.6
55-596.2-9.09.0
60-643.8-6.06.0
65 and Over1.9-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate0.4-10.110.1
Bachelor degree3.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.9-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV53.3-21.121.1
Year 1215.5-18.118.1
Year 113.7-4.84.8
Year 10 and below19.8-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in wall and floor tiling is needed to work as a Wall and Floor Tiler.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • construction induction card (white card)
  • driver's licence
  • Psychometric or aptitude tests

Thinking about study or training?

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

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
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Employers look for Wall and Floor Tilers who are reliable, work well in a team and hardworking.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Technical design

    48% Skill level

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

  2. Building and construction

    46% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  3. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Customer and personal service

    41% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Mechanical

    40% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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.

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.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Kneeling, crouching, stooping, or crawling

    91% Important

    Spend time kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling.

  2. Face-to-face discussions

    91% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  3. Telephone

    89% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  4. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    88% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  5. Exposure to contaminants

    86% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and 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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