Furniture Finishers
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Shape, finish, and refinish damaged, worn, or used furniture or new high-grade furniture to specified color or finish.
Titles for this career often contain these words
Only 10% of furniture finishers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by furniture finishers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer furniture finishers have bachelor's degrees than 73% of other careeers.
Workforce size
Furniture finishers, with 21,200 workers, form a smaller workforce than 72% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for furniture finishers are expected to shrink by 1%, and should have about 2,400 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Furniture finishers are more likely to be automated than 70% of other careers.
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for furniture finishers compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most furniture finishers earn.
Women account for 18% of furniture finishers -- that's a smaller percentage than 69% of other jobs.
Gender of furniture finishers
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. For furniture finishers, the median men's salary was 30% more the median woman's salary.
About 13% of furniture finishers are minority, and 22% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of furniture finishers
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Context: Foreign-born workers (22%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Furniture Finishers per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of furniture finishers who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Contaminants (95%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (76%)
  • Time Pressure (73%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (52%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (33%)
Salary and diversity
What do furniture finishers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for furniture finishers (BLS Salary Data)
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for furniture finishers (ACS Salary Data)
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
Furniture Finishers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $30KAll jobs' median $45K$33K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire furniture finishers.
Employers of Furniture Finishers (ACS)
Private for-profit (76.7%)
Private not-for-profit (1.9%)
Local government (0.1%)
State government (0.4%)
Federal government (0.0%)
Self-employed incorporated (5.2%)
Self-employed not incorporated (14.7%)
Working without pay (1.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of furniture finishers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$29K$36K$22K$30K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of furniture finishers by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for furniture finishers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
Number employed

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Furniture finishers and gender

With 18% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 69% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
Gender of Furniture finishers
Men (82%)
Women (18%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

The median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, and the difference for furniture finishers tops that, with the median salary for men 30% higher than the median salary for women.

Context: Salary Inequity

The chart below shows the salary inequity, the percentage by which the median men's salary is higher than the median women's salary for all but about 20 jobs in which women typically earn more than men. Furniture finishers have one of the more significant inequity issues, with the increase in men's median salary over women's median salary even higher than that for 80% of other jobs.


We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of furniture finishers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority furniture finishers than for 83% of other careers. Although this career does not include a large percentage of minorities, it does hire more foreign-born people that most other careers.

Race/origin of furniture finishers
White (80% )
Other (7% )
Black (5% )
Multiracial (3% )
Asian (2% )
Hispanic (2% )
American Indian (0% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
Distribution: Salaries for furniture finishers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

Distribution: Salaries for furniture finishers by nativity
$26K$31K$0$20K$40K$60KAll foreign-bornAll native citizens

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Furniture finishers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 16% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 59% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for full-time workers.

$29K$0$20K$40K$60KFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by furniture finishers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), furniture finishers typically hold a high school diploma or equivalent.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as furniture finishers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for furniture finishers

Because of the growing sophistication of machinery, many employers are seeking applicants who have a high school diploma or equivalent. People seeking woodworking jobs can enhance their employment prospects by getting training in computer applications and math.

Some woodworkers obtain their skills by taking courses at technical schools or community colleges. Others attend universities that offer training in wood technology, furniture manufacturing, wood engineering, and production management. These programs prepare students for jobs in production, supervision, engineering, and management, and are becoming increasingly important as woodworking technology advances.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for furniture finishers

Although not required, becoming certified can demonstrate competence and professionalism. It also may help a candidate advance in the profession. The Woodwork Career Alliance of North America offers a national certificate program, with five progressive credentials, which adds a level of credibility to the work of woodworkers.

Education attained by furniture finishers
High School
Some College
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for furniture finishers? Below we see the distribution of furniture finishers salaries based on the education attained.

$27K$28K$31K$0$20K$40K$60KNone (29%)High School (41%)Some College (15%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

The Department of Education recommends the following college degree programs as preparation for this career. You can click the program row to learn more about the program and explore a list of schools that offer the program.

Number of degrees awarded in 2017
Education level of awarded degrees
Associate's degree or certificate
Gender of graduates
Race/origin of graduates
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for furniture finishers

What jobs will most furniture finishers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of furniture finishers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Furniture FinishersCabinetmakers and Bench CarpentersSpecialized production workers, including computer-controlled tooloperatorsLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversSpecialized Assemblers and FabricatorsPainters and paperhangersDriver/sales workers and truck driversCarpentersFirst-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales WorkersPrecision instrument and equipment repairersTellersRetail SalespersonsElementary and Middle School School TeachersCashiersCarpet, floor, and tile installers and finishersBailiffs, correctional officers, and jailersntsAcsOcc_8200
Lateral job transitions for furniture finishers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as furniture finishers as well as 1% of respondents after working as furniture finishers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

How many people have this job?
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
No degree
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Prior and next careers for furniture finishers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as furniture finishers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of furniture finishers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most furniture finishers? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as furniture finishers. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
Number of Furniture Finishers per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where furniture finishers earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for furniture finishers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for furniture finishers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
Location-adjusted median salary for Furniture Finishers (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which furniture finishers earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?
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