Carpet Installer Career

carpet-installer-500A carpet installer’s primary job is to install carpet flooring in homes or businesses. They might conduct a pre-inspection of the area where the carpet will be installed to determine its overall condition and then work with the customer to determine the type of carpet to install. They take into account expected foot traffic patterns as well as the overall layout of the room.

Their work environment can vary from day to day. Typically, if they work for a private company or they’re contracting, their job site will differ each day. The installation could be at someone’s house or a business. It also involves a considerable amount of traveling to each job site. They work typically the same amount of hours as most people, which is about 40. It is a physically demanding job that requires a lot of bending, kneeling and continually using your hands.

Carpet Installer Career Snapshot

Further details on a career as a carpet installer are listed below (statistics from the May 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics and Onet Online):


is the average annual salary for carpet installers.


decrease in employment between 2014 and 2024.


have a High school diploma or equivalent while 22% have less than a high school diploma.

Carpet Installer Education

Most carpet installers, about 69 percent, have a high school diploma or equivalent, while 22 percent have some high school education with no diploma, and 7 percent have attended some college courses but never graduated. Most of the training for a carpet installer comes from learning on the job.

Carpet Installer Job Duties

Daily job duties include assessing the surface to which carpet will be applied, measuring, rolling and cutting the carpet to the right size, fitting carpet around barriers and joining seams when necessary. They also work with the customer to plan the type of carpet that’s best for the area to be covered.

Carpet Installer Salaries

The annual median pay for a carpet installer is $38,280 according to May 2016 reports. The salary for the lowest 10 percent of people is $22,450, while the highest 10 percent make $72,400. The higher salaries are generally earned by more experienced workers or they are business owners of their own dependent carpet installation business.

Carpet Installer Job Outlook

The expected job outlook between 2014 and 2024 is less than 1 percent, which signifies little to no change. It doesn’t mean there won’t be jobs available, it’s just not an industry that’s expected to grow a lot in the next ten years, but rather remain nearly the same.

Carpet Installer Skills & Traits

Carpet Installer Skill Set:Required Abilities:Tools Used by Carpet Installers:Typical Work Activities:
• Coordination
• Monitoring
• Critical Thinking
• Mathematics
• Extent Flexibility
• Problem Sensitivity
• Trunk Strength
• Near Vision
• Butane glue guns
• Knife blades
• Carpet base cutters
• Air underlayment staplers
• Performing General Physical Activities
• Handling and Moving Objects
• Getting Information
• Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

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