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How much money does a beginning mason or concrete block layer earn?

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October 06, 2007 5:36PM

See the info below from the U.S. Department of Labor. Although

this isn't specific about beginning entry-level positions you can

safely assume those are at the low end of the spectrum. ---- In

2002, the median hourly earnings of cement masons and concrete

finishers were $14.74. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.52

and $20.02. The top 10 percent earned over $26.02, and the bottom

10 percent earned less than $9.31. In 2002, the median hourly

earnings of terrazzo workers and finishers were $13.42. The middle

50 percent earned between $10.46 and $17.72. The top 10 percent

earned over $23.70, and the bottom 10 percent earned less than

$8.94. Like those of other construction trades workers, earnings of

cement masons, concrete finishers, segmental pavers, and terrazzo

workers may be reduced on occasion because poor weather and

downturns in construction activity limit the amount of time they

can work. Cement masons often work overtime, with premium pay,

because once concrete has been placed, the job must be completed.

Many cement masons, concrete finishers, segmental pavers, and

terrazzo workers belong to the Operative Plasterers� and Cement

Masons� International Association of the United States and Canada,

or to the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied

Craftworkers. Some terrazzo workers belong to the United

Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of the United States.

Nonunion workers generally have lower wage rates than do union

workers. Apprentices usually start at 50 to 60 percent of the rate

paid to experienced workers.

edit-The current (2007) starting wage for a bricklayer in Los

Angeles in the union is $11.92 an hour and journey top out at

$34.07 after a 3.5 year apprenticeship.


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