Carpet Installer Job Description
Carpet installers lay and install carpet. Some installers are self-employed, while others work for contractors or as part of a larger construction team.
Depending on the project they’re working on, carpet installers may work in a home, restaurant, office, or other type of building.
Responsibilities for carpet installers include:
- Measuring the area to be carpeted and determining the amount of carpet needed to complete the job.
- Removing furniture and other accessories from a room before carpeting.
- Providing time and cost estimates to potential clients.
- Correcting imperfections in the carpet after installation.
- Removing old carpet or flooring, and preparing the surface for carpeting.
Work Environment and Schedule
Carpet installers do the majority of their work indoors, though they also spend part of their days driving from one job to another.
If a carpet installer is working at a home or new building, they are normally able to work regular hours during the day. However, if carpet is being replaced at an existing business, they may need to work at night to avoid disrupting business activities.
Though carpet installers suffer fewer injuries than workers in many other construction trades, cuts from knives and muscle strains from lifting heavy carpet rolls or constant squatting are common.
How to Become a Carpet Installer
Most carpet installers learn their trade through on the job training. Normally, entry-level workers will start out with basic tasks like moving carpet or furniture, or helping more experienced installers with measurements and other simple tasks. Training often occurs very gradually, as more opportunities for learning arise.
There are rarely any formal education requirements for jobs in this field, but the ability to perform basic math is necessary to measure dimensions and determine the amount of carpet needed for a job.
There are currently 47,500 carpet installers in the United States, with 1,520 new carpet installer job openings created each year.
Carpet Installer jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Carpet Installer Salaries
Carpet Installer salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most carpet installers make between $27,700 – $50,000 per year, or $13.33 – $24.02 per hour.