- Newly trained wall and floor tilers can earn in the region of £17,000 - £23,000
- Trained with experience wall and floor tilers can earn in the region of £22,000 - £28,000
- Senior/master crafts wall and floor tilers can earn in the region of £28,000 - £36,000
Salaries depend on location, employer, level of responsibility, and any overtime you may do.
Qualifications and Training
Wall and floor tilers often study a range of subjects at school before deciding on their career. There are no formal requirements to hold qualifications but employers often want you to have GCSEs (grades A-C) in maths, English and design and technology, or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC, WJEC in Construction, Welsh Baccalaureate. This is because you have to work to precise measurements and need excellent customer service skills.
Employers often look for people with some on-site experience. If you haven’t worked in construction before, you could work as a labourer to start with. Your employer may then train you in wall and floor tiling. Many people start their construction careers on an apprenticeship in wall and floor tiling with a building or tiling business.
There is a level 2 Wall and Floor Tiling Apprenticeship available in England and Wales.
In Scotland, the normal entry route is through a Modern Apprenticeship. You do not always need formal qualifications, but Standard grades or National 4 or 5s in English, maths and a technological subject are helpful.
Some employers would expect you to have some experience working as a labourer.
You must hold a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card or equivalent. You must pass a health and safety test to qualify for this scheme.
With on-the-job and off-the-job training, you would work towards Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) Wall and Floor Tiling (Construction) Level 3.