Bricklayers and Stonemasons

Bricklayers (also known as brickmasons and blockmasons) are skilled workers who construct and repair walls, partitions, floors, arches, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures from brick, concrete block, gypsum block, and precast panels made of terra cotta, structural tile, and other masonry materials. Stonemasons build stone walls, floors, piers, and other structures, and they set the decorative stone exteriors of structures, such as churches, hotels, and public buildings. Approximately 58,730 brickmasons and blockmasons and 10,410 stonemasons work in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Construct and repair walls, partitions, floors, arches, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures with brick and other materials (bricklayers); build stone walls, floors, piers, and other structures (stonemasons)
Alternate Title(s) Masons
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Work as a helper or in a student chapter of the National Association of Home Builders; apprenticeship.
Skills
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification None
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Contractor, or Cost Estimator, or Contruction Inspector
  • Supervisor
  • Journeyman Bricklayer/Stonemason
  • Apprentice Bricklayer/Stonemason

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