Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers - The Building Trades Alliance

Bricklayer

Job Description

If you've ever driven by a brick or stone exterior home or building and commented on it's beauty or uniqueness, you have complimented the work of a brick mason, blockmason, or stonemason. Masons, as they are also sometimes called for short, build fences, walkways, walls, buildings, and other structures out of brick, stone, and concrete blocks.

Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons must be able to read blueprints and drawings in order to accurately determine and order materials needed for a project. Masons regularly use straightedges, trowels, plumb bobs, levels, and other various hand tools. They also mix mortar or grout for spreading onto a project's foundation. Precision and straight lines are vital in a brickmason, blockmason, and stonemason job. They polish a finished project using power tools or hand tools.

Brickmasons and blockmasons – also called bricklayers – build or repair on things such as walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, and chimneys.

Stonemasons focus on stone walls, building exteriors, and floors. A career as a stonemason includes working with natural-cut stones and artificial stones. Some stonemasons also specialize in setting marble.

Other masons include: pointing, cleaning, and calking workers who repair brickwork, and refractory masons who install firebrick and refractory tile in high-temperature machines.

Education and Certifications

A brickmason career or blockmason career usually begins through a formal 3-4 year apprenticeship. Contractor associations and unions often sponsor mason apprenticeships. Brickmasons, blockmasons and stonemasons may also begin their career with a one-year program at a technical college.

Brickmasons, blockmasons and stonemasons don't need specific licenses or certifications.

Essential Career Information

  • $42,900 - Median pay, 2017
  • $27,750 - Wage of lowest 10 percent, 2017
  • $76,020 - Wage of the highest 10 percent, 2017
  • 34,200 - Number of jobs, 2016
  • 12% - Employment growth forecast, 2016
  • Entry-level education requirements - High school diploma or equivalent