Terrazzo Workers and Finishers


DESCRIPTION

Terrazzo workers and finishers apply a mixture of cement, sand, pigment, or marble chips to floors, stairways, and cabinet fixtures to fashion durable and decorative surfaces.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Measure designated amounts of ingredients for terrazzo or grout according to standard formulas and specifications, using graduated containers and scales, and load ingredients into portable mixer. 

  • Grind surfaces with a power grinder or polish surfaces with polishing or surfacing machines. 

  • Cut metal division strips and press them into the terrazzo base for joints or changes of color to form designs or patterns or to help prevent cracks. 

  • Blend marble chip mixtures, place into panels, and push a roller over the surface to embed the chips. 

  • Modify mixing, grouting, grinding, or cleaning procedures, according to type of installation or material used.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. 

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). 

  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing. 

  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • C clamps — Locking C-clamps

  • Concrete spreaders — Hand screeds; Power screeds

  • Power grinders — Portable hand grinders; Surfacing machines

  • Trowels — Hand trowels; Jointers; Power trowels; Rake jointers

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $40,930 or $19.68/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $25,980 and $75,470.

Job OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)

400

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★★✩ High

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 70% had a high school diploma or equivalent. These occupations usually require a high school diploma. Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.