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Unread 10-13-2010, 06:39 PM   #1
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What would a quality professional expect to earn?

I had someone who has been hitting me up with tile questions in my office lately ask me this question:

How much would a professional tile setter expect to earn - not necessarily for a given job but per hour on average?

Since I obviously don't do this for a living I realized I never really thought about it and never asked, but it made me curious. It's an interesting question, and I assume there's probably a few here that could at least ballpark what a wage would look like without exposing anything personal. I'm just curious - I get the question all the time as a software developer, and answer it all the time, so I assume it doesn't hurt to ask.

I also assume this is extremely variant depending on where folks live, what types of jobs they do (residential vs. commercial, etc.) and what materials they work with combined with the types of installations. Lets say - for some of the basic jobs - setting tile for large rooms, walkways and entryways are versus simple bathrooms and kitchens, versus the larger jobs - building showers, steam baths and pool installations. What would one expect to earn on jobs like these?
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Unread 10-13-2010, 06:49 PM   #2
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Unread 10-13-2010, 07:24 PM   #3
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w2 guys should make 35-60k per year installing tile.

1099 guys dont have a clue what they really make.

My guess is you wont get a straight answer.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 07:31 PM   #4
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We use to have 3 hourly guys working for our company that were setters. One got paid $18, one $25 and the other was paid $40, all per hour. We didn't make much money on either of them but that really wasn't their purpose. O. The jobs which were T&M and if they happened to be on one then they jade us money.
I would say $18 to $25 an hour in Florida as an employee is an average wage. For an individual tile guy/business owner (owner operator) is anyones guess. Who knows.....all over the board is my guess. I know I charged $65 an hour for myself when I used to set when it was an hourly job and $30 for my helper.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 07:52 PM   #5
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Interesting...I was thinking anywhere between $25-50 depending on the variables I mentioned. I wasn't far off. I'd say plenty of you are easily worth well over $50 per hour considering the quality I've seen and the product it creates.
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$35-50 an hour depending on variables is what I charge if its an hourly job.
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If it's ski season, it's closer to 50 / hr.
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Brian, he's not talking Zimbawaa dollars plus if we had your money Brian we could just burn ours.
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