The median annual wage of tile and marble setters was $38,110 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half of the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,730, and the top 10 percent earned more than $68,980.
The starting pay for apprentices usually is between 30 percent and 50 percent of what fully trained tile and marble setters make. As they gain more skill, they receive pay increases.
Most tile and marble setters work full time. In commercial settings, tilesetters may work evenings and weekends, often for higher wages, to avoid disturbing regular business operations.
About 48 percent of tile and marble setters were self-employed in 2010. Self-employed workers may have the ability to set their own schedule.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition