Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters
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Overview
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Help brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, or tile and marble setters by performing duties requiring less skill. Duties include using, supplying, or holding materials or tools, and cleaning work area and equipment. Construction laborers who do not primarily assist brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons or tile and marble setters are classified under "Construction Laborers" (47-2061). Apprentice workers are classified with the appropriate skilled construction trade occupation (47-2011 through 47-2231).
Titles for this career often contain these words
HelperTileBrickTenderLayerMasonBricklayerFormSetterFinisherLaborInstallationFirebrickRefractoryMarbleCarrierConcreteAdobeBoatJoinerBoringMachineOperatorBlockerAidCleanerWasherCeramicChimneyBuilderHodHotTopLinerLeadRestorationMonumentMortarMixerParquetFloorLayer'sPatcherTombstoneErectorWood
Education
Only 4% of construction trade helpers have a bachelor's degree or higher.
Education attained by construction trade helpers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with bachelor's degrees
Fewer construction trade helpers have bachelor's degrees than 90% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters, with 24,400 workers, form a smaller workforce than 70% of careers.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 3,700 job openings a year.
Safety from automation
Helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters are more likely to be automated than 64% of other careers.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters earn.
$35K$0$20K$40K$60K
Gender
Women account for 4% of construction trade helpers -- that's a smaller percentage than 89% of other jobs.
Gender of construction trade helpers
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women construction trade helpers actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 17% of construction trade helpers are minority, and 29% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of construction trade helpers
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (29%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Time Pressure (88%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment (86%)
  • Exposed to Contaminants (84%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (75%)
  • Exposed to High Places (72%)
  • Consequence of Error (60%)
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings (48%)
  • Exposed to Whole Body Vibration (46%)
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions (37%)
  • Frequency of Conflict Situations (34%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do construction trade helpers earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries at the specialty level (helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters). This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters (BLS Salary Data)
$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
$35K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers. This view of salaries is only available for all construction trade helpers.
Distribution: Salaries for construction trade helpers (ACS Salary Data)
$26K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
$26K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120K
Construction trade helpers: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $27KAll jobs' median $45K$22K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$20K$40K$60K$80K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters.
Employers of Construction trade helpers (ACS)
Private for-profit (91.6%)
Private not-for-profit (1.4%)
Local government (2.5%)
State government (0.8%)
Federal government (0.7%)
Self-employed incorporated (0.8%)
Self-employed not incorporated (2.1%)
Working without pay (0.1%)
Distribution: Salaries of construction trade helpers by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses. These salaries were reported for the larger career group of construction trade helpers, which combines the 7 specialties for this career.
$26K$25K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000Private for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS. Remember that the BLS salaries are for the specialty helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters, and may differ signficantly from the ACS salary estimates which combine several career specialties.
$35K$0$20,000$40,000$60,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for construction trade helpers

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
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Number employed
02K4K6K8K10K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Construction trade helpers and gender

With 4% women, this occupation has a lower percentage of women than 89% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
4%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Construction trade helpers
Men (96%)
Women (4%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

We only have enough data to accuarately show the salary distribution for men.

$26K$0$20K$40K$60KMen

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of construction trade helpers

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a smaller percentage of minority construction trade helpers than for 59% of other careers. Although this career does not include a large percentage of minorities, it does hire more foreign-born people that most other careers.

Race/origin of construction trade helpers
White (69% )
Other (13% )
Black (10% )
Multiracial (3% )
Hispanic (2% )
American Indian (1% )
Asian (1% )
Pacific Islander (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
17%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
29%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for construction trade helpers by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$24K$26K$0$20K$40K$60KOtherWhite
Distribution: Salaries for construction trade helpers by nativity
$25K$26K$0$20K$40K$60KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Construction trade helpers and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 17% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 61% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
17%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time construction trade helpers is shown following.

$9K$26K$0$20K$40K$60KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters typically hold no formal educational credential.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as construction trade helpers as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Details: Education and training recommended for helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

Although formal education is not typically required for most positions, helpers of electricians and helpers of pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters typically need a high school diploma. High school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

Details: Licensing and certification recommended for helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Education attained by construction trade helpers
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for construction trade helpers? Below we see the distribution of construction trade helpers salaries based on the education attained.

$24K$26K$26K$31K$26K$52K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KNone (25%)High School (48%)Some College (19%)Associate's/Cert. (4%)Bachelor's Degree (4%)Doctorate (0%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Switching Careers
The most common next careers for construction trade helpers

What jobs will most construction trade helpers hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of construction trade helpers reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Construction trade helpersPipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfittersConstruction LaborersPainters and paperhangersCarpentersLaborers and Freight, Stock, and By-Hand Material MoversCashiersWelding, soldering, and brazing workersntsAcsOcc_8220Building CleanersGrounds maintenance workersConstruction ManagersSpecialized Installation, Maintenance, and Repair WorkersBrickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and reinforcing iron and rebarworkersHighway Maintenance WorkersAutomotive Service Technicians and MechanicsRefuse and Recyclable Material CollectorsFarmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural ManagersStructural Iron and Steel WorkersDriver/sales workers and truck drivers
Lateral job transitions for construction trade helpers

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 7 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as construction trade helpers as well as 1% of respondents after working as construction trade helpers. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for construction trade helpers: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as construction trade helpers? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of construction trade helpers surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

One important factor in the differences between ACS and BLS data is that the ACS numbers are for all construction trade helpers, comprised of all specialities listed in the menu bar, and you can choose to view the BLS at the specialty or full career level.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Number of Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for construction trade helpers compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for construction trade helpers.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information. The ACS salaries are for all construction trade helpers, which combines the specialities from which you can choose at the top of the page.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS for this specialty
Location-adjusted median salary for Helpers--Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters (BLS for this specialty)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which helpers--brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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How should the career similarity be computed?

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?