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Highest-Paying States for Drywall Contractors

Should drywall contractors looking for a pay raise consider moving? According to data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the answer might be yes.

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The average salary for drywall and ceiling tile installers in the United States is $49,170. While it’s true that the cost of living varies across the U.S., it pays more to be a drywall contractor in some states than others. Take a look at the states that boast the highest average salaries for drywall installers in the country, according to data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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#5 Minnesota

Average Yearly Salary: $58,530

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#4: Oregon

Average Yearly Salary: $59,230

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#3: Washington

Average Yearly Salary: $59,990

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#2: California

Average Yearly Salary: $61,820

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#1: Hawaii

Average Yearly Salary: $79,500

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1 percent employment growth for drywall installers between 2016 and 2026, but all skilled labor is in high demand. Home Depot even stopped writing contracts for installation jobs this spring because skilled tradespeople are so hard to find. In California, the demand is especially high in areas recently destroyed by wildfires.

Note: All salary information is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and is accurate as of May 2018.

Alyssa Ford is a Minneapolis-based freelance journalist. Her work has appeared in the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, Experience Life and many other publications.

Alyssa Ford
Alyssa Ford is a long-time freelance journalist in Minneapolis. Her published credits include the Star Tribune, Utne Reader, Crain's,, Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home, Experience Life, Artful Living, Momentum, Minnesota, and many others. She is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists.