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Floor Sanders and Finishers
SOC Code: 47-2043.00

Scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machine, and apply coats of finish.

Sample of reported job titles: Floor Finisher, Floor Mechanic, Floor Refinisher, Floor Sander, Hardwood Floor Finisher, Hardwood Floor Refinisher, Hardwood Floor Sander


  • Inspect floors for smoothness.
  • Scrape and sand floor edges and areas inaccessible to floor sanders, using scrapers, disk-type sanders, and sandpaper.
  • Guide sanding machines over surfaces of floors until surfaces are smooth.
  • Attach sandpaper to rollers of sanding machines.
  • Apply filler compound and coats of finish to floors to seal wood.
  • Remove excess glue from joints, using knives, scrapers, or wood chisels.

Technology Skills

  • Computer aided design CAD software - Floor planning software
  • Data base user interface and query software - Flooring Technologies QFloors
  • Project management software - FloorCOST Estimator for Excel; Measure Square; Saltire Software FloorRight
  • Spreadsheet software - Microsoft Excel

Tools Used

  • Claw hammer - Claw hammers
  • Cleaning cloths or wipes - Tack cloths
  • Drum sander - Drum sanders
  • Ear muffs - Protective ear muffs
  • Edgers - Corner tools
  • Edging tools - Finish edging tools
  • Floor polishers - Floor buffers; Floor waxers
  • Floor scrapers - Floor scraping tools; Floor strippers
  • Floor scrubbers - Floor scrubbing machines
  • Masks or accessories - Dust masks
  • Paint brushes - Application brushes
  • Paint rollers - Finish application rollers
  • Personal computers
  • Pneumatic sanding machines - Pneumatic orbital sanders
  • Power sanders - Floor sanders; Portable belt sanders; Rotary sanders
  • Power saws - Floor saws
  • Safety glasses - Protective eyewear
  • Sanding blocks
  • Sanding machines - Edge sanders
  • Tablet computers
  • Utility knives - Flooring utility knives
  • Wet or dry combination vacuum cleaners - Shop vacuums
  • Wood chisels - Draw chisels


  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.


  • 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.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Extent Flexibility - The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Stamina - The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.


  • Interest code: R
    • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.

Work Context

  • Exposed to Contaminants - 85% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 86% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Telephone - 86% responded “Every day.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable
  • Spend Time Standing - 58% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 65% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 71% responded “More than 40 hours.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions
  • Time Pressure - 32% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 38% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 15% responded “Important.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 12% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 65% responded “More than half the time.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 18% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 34% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Physical Proximity
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results
  • Contact With Others - 25% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 33% responded “Every day.”
  • Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment - 14% responded “Important.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 22% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 30% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results - 11% responded “High responsibility.”
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety - 29% responded “Limited responsibility.”
  • Deal With External Customers - 31% responded “Very important.”
  • Level of Competition - 11% responded “Not at all competitive.”
  • Coordinate or Lead Others - 81% responded “Important.”


Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
84%High school diploma or equivalent
15%Less than high school diploma
1%Post-secondary certificate

Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.

Work Values

  • Support - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
  • Relationships - Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
  • Working Conditions - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $17.77 hourly, $36,950 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 7,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Faster than average (10% to 14%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 700

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