Tilesetter

Tilesetters install tiles and cabinets often in kitchens or bathrooms. The website www.bestjobdescriptions.com says that tilesetters must first make sure that the surface on which tile will be installed is level and properly prepared. Then they lay out the tile and cut it using special shears. The next step is to place adhesive on the subfloor andor wall using a brush and trowel after which the tiles are laid out according to the designated design and then pressed into place. Tilesetters use a hand cutter to cut tiles so that they fit around fixtures such as bathtubs and toilets and they may also install fixtures in designated spots in the tiled areas. Once tiles are placed tilesetters put grout between them and then remove any excess. There are no formal educational requirements for tilesetters. However they must be knowledgeable about the many types of tile that are available so they can advise customers on their options. They must also be adept at handling and using the tools and instruments required for setting tiles. It is extremely important that they have skills in mathematics and geometry which they need to ensure that tiles are properly placed and that the final product looks as it should. Tilesetters must be able to read blueprints and follow them closely as they work on a project. Accurate measurements are critical in order to ensure that the job turns out according to specifications. Many tilesetters are small business owners in which case they must be knowledgeable not only about how to lay and affix tiles but also about office management accounting and marketing. The website www.payscale.com says that tilesetters earn between approximately $15 and $25 an hour. Those working full-time generally earn salaries ranging from approximately $32500 and $55000.

Education Required: High School Diploma
Avg Salary: $43722
High Salary: $54998
Low Salary: $32446
Tasks: Lays out tile to be installed.
Cuts tile to fit specific spaces.
Places grout between tiles to hold tiles in place.
Removes excess grout.
Also Called: Tilecutter
Tile Installer
Marblesetter
Tile Floor Installer
Additional Resources: http://www.bestjobdescriptions.com/construction/tile-setters-job-description/
http://www.listofjobtitles.com/manufactured-buildings-job-description-4106.php
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Tile_or_Marble_Setter/Hourly_Rate