|Quick Facts: Plasterers and Stucco Masons|
|2010 Median Pay||
$37,210 per year
$17.89 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Long-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||27,900|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||17% (About as fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2010-20||4,800|
Plasterers and stucco masons apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions for functional and decorative purposes. Some workers apply ornamental plaster.
Like many other construction trades, the work of plasterers and stucco masons is physically demanding. They spend most of the day on their feet, either standing, bending, or stretching. They work indoors and outdoors—applying plaster to interior walls and stucco to exterior walls.
Although most plasterers and stucco masons learn informally on the job, a few learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship.
The median annual wage of plasterers and stucco masons was $37,210 in May 2010.
Employment of plasterers and stucco masons is projected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. But because plasterers and stucco masons are part of a niche market, overall employment growth may be somewhat limited. Job prospects should improve in the coming decade as construction activity rebounds from the recent recession.
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