Masonry Workers

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Quick Facts: Masonry Workers
2017 Median Pay $42,900 per year
$20.62 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education High School
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training 4000-6000 OJT Hours
Number of Jobs, 2016 292,500
Job Outlook, 2016-26 12% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 34,200

Job Outlook

Employment of masonry workers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes, and other buildings. Workers with experience in construction should have the best job opportunities.

What Masonry Workers Do

Masonry workers, also known as masons, use bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, and natural and man-made stones to build walls, walkways, fences, and other masonry structures.


The median annual wage for masonry workers was $42,900 in May 2017.

Work Environment

The work is physically demanding because masons lift heavy materials and often must stand, kneel, and bend for long periods. Poor weather conditions may reduce work activity because masons usually work outdoors. Most masons work full time.

How to Become a Masonry Worker

Most masons have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn either through an apprenticeship program or on the job.


The level of complexity involved in masonry work varies from laying a simple masonry wall to installing an ornate exterior or high-rise building. Whether you are working with brick, block, tile, terra-cotta, or stone, and regardless of the level of craftsmanship involved, the skill and precision of the mason can never be replaced by machines.

The most frequently used products, are clay brick and concrete block by masons. Brick is man’s oldest manufactured product. Sun-baked clay bricks were used in the construction of buildings more than 6,000 years ago. In order to prevent distortion and cracking of the clay shapes, chopped straw and grass were added to the clay mixture. The next big step in enhancing brick production occurred about 4,000 B.C. At that time manufactures began producing brick in uniform shapes. Along with the shaping of brick, the move from sun-baking to firing was another important change. This improved the durability of the brick.

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