Masons

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BRICK & BLOCK MASONS


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DESCRIPTION

Brick & block masons lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance. 
  • Construct corners by fastening in plumb position a corner pole or building a corner pyramid of bricks, and filling in between the corners using a line from corner to corner to guide each course, or layer, of brick. 
  • Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels. 
  • Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw. 
  • Interpret blueprints and drawings to determine specifications and to calculate the materials required.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Cold chisels — Brick bolsters; Brick sets; Pitching chisels; Tile chisels 
  • Hammers — Bush hammers; Carpenters' hammers; Striking tools; Tile hammers 
  • Levels — Laser levels; Masonry levels; Water levels 
  • Manlift or personnel lift — Bosun chairs; Swing stages; Work cages 
  • Trowels — Adhesive trowels; Pointing trowels; Power trowels; Sled runner jointers

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $49,250 or $23.68/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $30,070 and $84,100.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2026)

9,100

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★★✩ High

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 58% had less than a high school diploma. These occupations usually require a high school diploma. Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.