|Quick Facts: Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers|
|2012 Median Pay||
$35,830 per year
$17.23 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||See How to Become One|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||See How to Become One|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||144,300|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||29% (Much faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||41,700|
Cement masons pour, smooth, and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs. Using a cement mixture, terrazzo workers create durable and decorative surfaces for floors and stairways.
Concrete and terrazzo work is fast paced and strenuous and often involves kneeling, bending, and reaching. Because many jobs are outdoors, work generally stops in wet weather. Most work full time.
Although most cement masons and terrazzo workers learn on the job, some learn their trade through an apprenticeship.
In May 2012, the median annual wage for cement masons and concrete finishers was $35,760. The median annual wage for terrazzo workers and finishers was $39,740 in May 2012.
Employment of cement masons and terrazzo workers is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth will depend on the number of commercial, public, and civil construction projects, including roads, bridges, and buildings. Overall job opportunities are expected to be good, particularly for those with related work experience.
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