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Floor Sander Contractor (Commercial)

License required in 22 states

32nd most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

72nd most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Floor sander and finisher contractors contract with clients to scrape and sand wooden floors to smooth surfaces using floor scraper and floor sanding machines and to apply coats of finish. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the floor sanders who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Licensing

Twenty-two states license floor sander contractors working on commercial properties. Nine states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama requires completion of three contracted jobs. Twelve states require no experience. On average, states require 485 days of education and experience, $359 in fees ($1,078 in Nevada), and one exam. These high barriers give commercial floor sander contractors the 32nd most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Arkansas 22 $180 1825 5 years 1 0 0
2 Nevada 22 $1,078 1460 4 years 2 0 18
3 California 22 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
4 Hawaii 22 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
5 Oregon 22 $410 1463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
6 Arizona 22 $906 730 2 years 1 0 18
7 Virginia 22 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
8 Utah 22 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
9 South Carolina 22 $250 730 2 years 1 0 0
10 Alabama 22 $492 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
11 Louisiana 22 $460 0 2 0 0
12 Rhode Island 22 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
13 North Dakota 22 $125 0 0 0 18
14 D C 22 $655 0 0 0 0
15 Tennessee 22 $305 0 1 0 0
16 North Carolina 22 $145 0 1 0 0
17 West Virginia 22 $132 0 1 0 0
18 Alaska 22 $300 0 0 0 0
19 Washington 22 $113 0 0 0 0
20 Iowa 22 $50 0 0 0 0
21 Idaho 22 $30 0 0 0 0
22 Nebraska 22 $0 0 0 0 0