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Floor Sander Contractor (Residential)

License required in 27 states

53rd most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

57th 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-seven states license floor sander contractors working on residential properties. On average, states require 287 days of education and experience, $308 in fees, and about one exam. All in all, 13 states require at least one exam (California requires three). These requirements rank as the 53rd most burdensome.

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 Nevada 27 $1,078 1460 4 years 2 0 18
2 California 27 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
3 Hawaii 27 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
4 Arizona 27 $906 730 2 years 1 0 18
5 Maryland 27 $433 730 2 years 1 0 18
6 Utah 27 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
7 Virginia 27 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
8 South Carolina 27 $50 365 1 years 0 0 0
9 Mississippi 27 $290 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
10 Oregon 27 $410 3 16 clock hours 1 0 18
11 Louisiana 27 $460 0 1 0 0
12 Rhode Island 27 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
13 North Dakota 27 $125 0 0 0 18
14 Tennessee 27 $305 0 1 0 0
15 North Carolina 27 $145 0 1 0 0
16 D C 27 $442 0 0 0 0
17 West Virginia 27 $132 0 1 0 0
18 Alabama 27 $350 0 0 0 0
19 Alaska 27 $300 0 0 0 0
20 Connecticut 27 $220 0 0 0 0
21 Washington 27 $113 0 0 0 0
22 New Jersey 27 $110 0 0 0 0
23 Arkansas 27 $50 0 0 0 0
23 Iowa 27 $50 0 0 0 0
23 Pennsylvania 27 $50 0 0 0 0
26 Idaho 27 $30 0 0 0 0
27 Nebraska 27 $0 0 0 0 0