Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

47-2021 Brickmasons and Blockmasons

Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures. Excludes "Stonemasons" (47-2022). Installers of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units are classified in "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers" (37-3011).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
64,790 2.3 % $25.67 $53,390 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.69 $18.60 $23.93 $30.59 $39.81
Annual Wage (2) $30,550 $38,680 $49,770 $63,620 $82,810


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 51,010 5.80 $24.72 $51,410
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,500 0.45 $31.24 $64,980
Residential Building Construction 2,430 0.33 $31.12 $64,730
Building Finishing Contractors 2,100 0.27 $31.36 $65,220
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,800 0.27 $27.15 $56,470

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 51,010 5.80 $24.72 $51,410
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,500 0.45 $31.24 $64,980
Residential Building Construction 2,430 0.33 $31.12 $64,730
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 250 0.31 $27.93 $58,090
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,800 0.27 $27.15 $56,470

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 410 0.01 $31.92 $66,400
Building Finishing Contractors 2,100 0.27 $31.36 $65,220
Nonresidential Building Construction 3,500 0.45 $31.24 $64,980
Residential Building Construction 2,430 0.33 $31.12 $64,730
Building Equipment Contractors 340 0.02 $29.27 $60,880


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,270 0.68 1.50 $36.25 $75,390
Florida 4,380 0.52 1.14 $17.80 $37,020
California 3,850 0.23 0.51 $27.99 $58,220
Texas 3,820 0.32 0.71 $21.64 $45,010
Pennsylvania 3,260 0.56 1.24 $25.89 $53,850




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Utah 1,990 1.41 3.10 $18.57 $38,620
Maryland 2,460 0.92 2.03 $23.44 $48,750
South Dakota 330 0.78 1.71 $24.88 $51,750
Montana 350 0.77 1.69 $21.19 $44,080
Nevada 970 0.74 1.63 $23.63 $49,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 1,190 0.37 0.82 $37.07 $77,100
New York 6,270 0.68 1.50 $36.25 $75,390
Illinois 2,490 0.42 0.92 $33.60 $69,880
Hawaii 230 0.36 0.80 $31.98 $66,520
New Jersey 1,790 0.45 0.98 $31.54 $65,600



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,580 0.68 1.50 $36.52 $75,950
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,790 0.71 1.56 $24.59 $51,160
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,470 0.76 1.68 $31.57 $65,670
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 1,280 0.35 0.77 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 1,180 0.87 1.92 $22.47 $46,730
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.82 1.80 (8) (8)
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 1,040 0.87 1.92 $19.09 $39,700
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,020 0.35 0.76 $22.74 $47,310
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 910 0.63 1.39 $27.93 $58,090
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 860 0.60 1.31 $25.55 $53,150


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Bedford, MA 210 3.15 6.92 $32.11 $66,790
Provo-Orem, UT 700 3.04 6.68 $17.40 $36,200
Homosassa Springs, FL 100 3.00 6.60 (8) (8)
Lancaster, PA 420 1.74 3.84 $24.87 $51,730
Waco, TX 190 1.67 3.67 $21.86 $45,470
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 430 1.66 3.66 $16.60 $34,520
Peoria, IL 270 1.57 3.46 $39.73 $82,630
Bloomsburg-Berwick, PA 60 1.51 3.31 $30.92 $64,310
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 360 1.33 2.92 $29.63 $61,620
South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI 170 1.28 2.83 $22.64 $47,090


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $45.79 $95,240
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 260 0.63 1.39 $41.78 $86,900
Peoria, IL 270 1.57 3.46 $39.73 $82,630
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $39.22 $81,570
Rockford, IL 80 0.57 1.26 $39.17 $81,470
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 4,580 0.68 1.50 $36.52 $75,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 170 0.54 1.18 $34.67 $72,100
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 260 0.59 1.30 $34.52 $71,810
Pittsfield, MA 40 1.12 2.47 $34.39 $71,530
Urban Honolulu, HI 130 0.28 0.62 $34.24 $71,220

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Balance of Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 220 0.80 1.77 $24.78 $51,530
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 220 0.67 1.48 $21.95 $45,650
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 150 1.20 2.65 $20.73 $43,120
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 0.56 1.24 $17.57 $36,550
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 140 1.43 3.15 $22.78 $47,390

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wasatch Back nonmetropolitan area 50 1.54 3.38 $19.52 $40,590
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 70 1.51 3.31 $17.90 $37,230
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 140 1.43 3.15 $22.78 $47,390
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 50 1.43 3.16 $21.14 $43,970
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 40 1.39 3.07 $17.40 $36,200

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 110 0.81 1.78 $37.21 $77,390
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $37.12 $77,200
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $29.79 $61,950
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.36 0.80 $29.14 $60,610
Far West North Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.58 1.27 $26.64 $55,410


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018