Cement Masons

Workers Pour Cement in a Field

Cement masons, who usually work for contractors in the building and construction industries, apply the concrete surfaces in many different kinds of construction projects, ranging from small patios and sidewalks to highways, dams, and airport runways. Cement masons' responsibilities include building forms for holding the concrete, determining the correct mixture of ingredients, and making sure the structure is suitable to the environment. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, approximately 135,200 cement masons and concrete finishers are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Concrete Masons
Duties Mix ingredients to create concrete; build forms for holding the concrete; apply, smooth, and finish concrete surfaces
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Indoors/Outdoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in the large, metropolitan areas, including Houston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Dallas, Denver, and Los Angeles
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Up to three years for a journeyman
Personality Traits
  • Athletic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Building/Trades
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Contractor, or Job Superintendent, or Estimator
  • Journeyman Cement Mason
  • Apprentice Cement Mason