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Occupational Employment Statistics


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).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northeast Minnesota 7013$33.64/hr$22.61/hr$28.61/hr$35.22/hr$38.35/hr$39.66/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services30$25.03/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Leisure and HospitalityN/AN/A
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$24.53/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota 20$34.46/hr1.8%
Northeast Balance of State 30$38.57/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 40$31.25/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 50$29.97/hr-3.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 60$35.56/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 70$35.22/hr-3.6%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 110$30.61/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 110$30.94/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 120$30.94/hr-3.2%
Central Minnesota 160$36.82/hr-6.3%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 930$39.86/hr-5.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,020$39.86/hrN/A
Minnesota 1,370$39.00/hr-5.2%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Drywall and Ceiling Tile Installers 850$32.88/hr3.7%
Carpenters 17,130$29.41/hr1.3%
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers N/A$39.00/hrN/A
Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters 110$39.63/hr-2.7%
Carpet Installers 610$23.21/hr-6.8%
Plasterers and Stucco Masons 220$34.46/hrN/A
Roofers 1,720$26.34/hr5.8%
Sheet Metal Workers 2,910$31.63/hr4.1%
Tile and Stone Setters 530$24.59/hr11.4%
Structural Iron and Steel Workers 570$41.21/hr6.2%

  • Apply and smooth mortar or other mixture over work surface.
  • Remove excess mortar with trowels and hand tools, and finish mortar joints with jointing tools, for a sealed, uniform appearance.
  • Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
  • Clean working surface to remove scale, dust, soot, or chips of brick and mortar, using broom, wire brush, or scraper.
  • Fasten or fuse brick or other building material to structure with wire clamps, anchor holes, torch, or cement.
  • Measure distance from reference points and mark guidelines to lay out work, using plumb bobs and levels.
  • Construct corners by fastening in plumb position a corner pole or building a corner pyramid of bricks, and filling in between the corners using a line from corner to corner to guide each course, or layer, of brick.
  • Break or cut bricks, tiles, or blocks to size, using trowel edge, hammer, or power saw.
  • Calculate angles and courses and determine vertical and horizontal alignment of courses.
  • Mix specified amounts of sand, clay, dirt, or mortar powder with water to form refractory mixtures.