How much do hardwood floor installers make?

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How much do hardwood floor installers make?

The wages paid to hardwood floor installers vary, with respect to the location in which they carry out the job as well as several other factors like; type of wood to be installed, type of installation, the size of the room, and the type of labour employed.

According to Forbes, the labour cost per square foot for laminate hardwood is 0.68-2.59$ and for real hardwood, 3-12$.

Actually, real hardwood costs more than laminate hardwood, both in materials and installation. Larger-sized rooms attract more labor costs, also, the gluing method of installation costs more than the hammer and nail method of installation and the hired professional contractors charge more than the local contractors.

As you read further, you’ll get to see how much these hardwood floor contractors earn, weekly and annually, especially where the median estimate is concerned; and how the previously mentioned factors can affect their wages.

Based on the size of the room

According to Bobvila, The larger the area where hardwood flooring is being installed, the higher the costs for labor and installation. On average, installing hardwoods costs between $6 and $12 per square foot. However, that price can jump to $13 to $25 if the space is very large, like an entire floor of the home.

Depending on the size of the room; the wages of hardwood flooring contractors can either skyrocket or plummet.

Based on the median annual wage

The median wage is calculated by examining how much more than the standard wage and how much less than the amount that the average number of workers on a job earned.

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2021 flooring installers as well as stone and tile setters, had $47,310 as their median annual wage. The least 10 percent earned below $29,650, and the top 10 percent earned above $78,130.

Based on location

When a hardwood flooring contractor is closer to his place of work, he tends to charge less.

Also in large Urban areas where there is high demand for work, hardwood flooring contractors tend to charge more.

An estimate from Ziprecruiter as of October 3, 2022, shows that the national average weekly salary for hardwood floor installers in the United States was about $865 weekly. However, the median range falls between the higher estimate of $1,731 and the lower estimate of $462

A hardwood floor contractor can charge $5 to $8 per square foot for installation. And for unfamiliar woods, the prices tend to increase. Labor prices differ based on how thick the hardwood veneer to be worked on.


Whether the hardwood floor installer is a professional certified contractor from a hired company or a local artisan at hardwood installation, bear in mind that both categories of workers would definitely not earn the same. This is as a result of variation in the level of skill involved. Besides, in places where hardwood floor installation is in high demand, a contractor can quote quite expensive charges for installation, regardless of the type of labour involved.

 Alex J
Alex J

Alex is the founder of the BFG, he has been in the flooring business for over 12 years and specialize in laying new floors, resurfacing old ones, and giving people practical advice on how to keep their floors looking beautiful.