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
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 22,800 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 the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
from 22,800 in 2018 to 22,800 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,800 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • 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%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Wall and Floor Tilers in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Wall and Floor Tilers.

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
200818500
200927100
201013900
201120000
201218600
201315100
201415100
201524400
201624800
201726900
201822800
202322800

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 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 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, 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.
  • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways 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. 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.

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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. Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling

    91% Important

    How much time do you spend kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    91% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Telephone

    89% Important

    How often do you talk on the telephone?

  4. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    88% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  5. Exposed to Contaminants

    86% Important

    How often are you 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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