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