|Quick Facts: Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons|
|2010 Median Pay||
$45,410 per year
$21.83 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||104,800|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||40% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||41,800|
Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons (or, simply, masons) use bricks, concrete blocks, and natural stones to build fences, walkways, walls, and other structures.
The work is physically demanding because masons often must lift heavy materials and must stand, kneel, and bend for long periods of time. They usually work outdoors, and poor weather conditions may reduce work activity. Most masons work full time.
Although most masons learn through a formal apprenticeship, some learn informally on the job. Others learn through 1- or 2- year mason programs at technical colleges.
In May 2010, the median annual wage of brickmasons and blockmasons was $46,930, and the median annual wage of stonemasons was $37,180.
Overall employment of masons is projected to grow 40 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will create a need for schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, and other structures, but construction of these buildings may be delayed as state and local governments face budget shortfalls. Highly skilled masons with a good job history and work experience in construction should have the best job opportunities.
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