Plasterers apply coats of plaster to interior walls, ceilings, and partitions of buildings to produce fire-resistant and relatively soundproof surfaces. They also work on exterior building surfaces and do ornamental forming and casting work. Their work is similar to that of drywall workers, who use drywall rather than plaster to build interior walls and ceilings. Plasterers who specialize in exterior plastering are known as stucco masons. There are approximately 20,600 plasterers and stucco masons employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Mix and apply plaster to masonry, wire, wood, metal, or lath; level and smooth wall with a darby and other hand tools; apply finishing layer; adhere to safety regulations
Alternate Title(s) Molding Plasterers, Stucco Masons
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Positions are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
  • Apprenticeship
Related School Subjects
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Apprenticeship
  • Building/Trades
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements Must be able to lift and move up to 100 pounds; must have physical stamina; must be able to meet vision requirements
Career Ladder
  • Foreman or Superintendent
  • Plasterer
  • Plastering Apprentice

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