$35, 000 - $71, 000



At a glance

Tilesetters use ceramic, marble, and quarry tile to cover interior and exterior walls, ceilings and floors, and to make decorative mosaics. You may cut or shape the tile yourself or use prefabricated tile sections for quick installation.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Careercruising.com)

  • Construction companies
  • Residential renovators
  • Trade, building, and masonry contractors
  • Self-employed

Other conditions: belong to union, project based, may work evenings and weekends

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Tilesetter may be right for you!

  • Do you have a good eye and high standards?
  • Could you cut and lay tiles with an artistic flair?
  • Do you like hands-on work?
  • Do you have an eye for line, colour, and proportion?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find salary ranges for entry to senior level positions for a Tilesetter or a related field.

(Source: Careercruising.com).

*Effective October 1, 2014 minimum wage will increase to $10.70 per hour.

Salary Range for Tilesetters


Minimum wage to $34/ hour

$35, 000 - $71, 000

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017 or after
Marble, Tile and Terrazzo Installer$26.05
Trainee 2$20.85
Trainee 1$15.60

Source: https://www.gov.mb.ca/labour/standards/doc,ici-wag...


In Manitoba, there is no Apprenticeship program to become a Tilesetter. Below we have listed some possible criteria to consider, but it is always best to find out the latest requirements from a potential employer.

To enter this field, we recommend that you are:

  • 16 years or older (may need parental consent to work on construction site)
  • High school grad or mature student with equivalent academic standing
  • Recommended high school courses: English, Math, Science, Drafting & Design, and Construction courses

Available Training:

  • On-the-job training
  • Private Vocational Institutions (where available)

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