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 63,930 brickmas...
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The median hourly pay of bricklayers was $24.49 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). A person working full time at this pay rate would have annual earnings of approximately $50,950. Earnings for bricklayers ranged from a low of less than $15.10 per hour (approximately $31,400 annually) to a high of more than $40.52 per hour (about $84,270 yearly) during that same time p...
Most bricklayers and stonemasons have a 40-hour workweek. They are usually paid time and a half for overtime and double time for work on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Most of the work is done outdoors, where conditions may be dusty, hot, cold, or damp. Often workers must stand on scaffolds that are high off the ground. They may need to bend or stoop constantly to pick up materials. T...
Employment for bricklayers and stonemasons is predicted to grow faster than the average for all careers through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Several factors are fueling this growth. Many workers leave the field each year for less strenuous work, retirement, or other reasons. Population and business growth will create the need for new facilities (such as homes, hospitals, lon...