|Quick Facts: Brickmasons, Blockmasons, and Stonemasons|
|2012 Median Pay||
$44,950 per year
$21.61 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||85,100|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||34% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||29,300|
Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons (or, simply, masons) use bricks, concrete blocks, and natural and man-made stones to build fences, walkways, walls, and other structures.
The work is physically demanding because masons lift heavy materials and often must stand, kneel, and bend for long periods. They usually work outdoors, so poor weather conditions may reduce work activity. Most masons work full time.
Although most masons learn through an apprenticeship, some learn on the job. Others learn through 1- or 2-year mason programs at technical schools.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for brickmasons and blockmasons was $46,440. The median annual wage for stonemasons was $37,350 in May 2012.
Employment of masons is projected to grow 34 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes, and other buildings. Workers with a good job history and with experience in masonry and construction should have the best job opportunities.
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