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What is a Glazier?

Glazier Job Description Install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts, and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings, and tabletops.

What Do Glaziers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Fasten glass panes into wood sashes or frames with clips, points, or moldings, adding weather seals or putty around pane edges to seal joints.
  • Cut, fit, install, repair, or replace glass or glass substitutes, such as plastic or aluminum, in building interiors or exteriors or in furniture or other products.
  • Drive trucks to installation sites and unload mirrors, glass equipment, or tools.
  • Operate cranes or hoists with suction cups to lift large, heavy pieces of glass.
  • Select the type or color of glass or mirror according to specifications.
  • Measure mirrors and dimensions of areas to be covered to determine work procedures.

Glazier Required Skills

Glaziers state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Types of Glazier Jobs

  • Stained Glass Joiner
  • Window Glass Installer
  • Leaded Glass Installer
  • Stained Glass Glazier
  • Glazing Superintendent

Job Opportunities for Glaziers

There were about 50,100 jobs for Glazier in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 5,200 new jobs for Glazier by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 6,500 job openings in this field each year.


The states with the most job growth for Glazier are Utah, Arizona, and Oregon. Watch out if you plan on working in Mississippi, Louisiana, or Connecticut. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Glaziers Salary

Glaziers make between $26,910 and $81,950 a year.


Glaziers who work in Hawaii, Illinois, or New Jersey, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Glaziers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $38,080
Alaska $59,410
Arizona $43,780
Arkansas $34,270
California $60,010
Colorado $47,390
Connecticut $55,560
District of Columbia $50,120
Florida $37,980
Georgia $46,340
Hawaii $72,300
Idaho $39,760
Illinois $67,740
Indiana $43,620
Iowa $38,710
Kansas $40,870
Kentucky $43,500
Louisiana $39,220
Maryland $49,690
Massachusetts $56,360
Michigan $45,170
Minnesota $60,150
Mississippi $34,090
Missouri $53,230
Montana $38,860
Nebraska $41,410
Nevada $45,660
New Hampshire $39,820
New Jersey $69,530
New Mexico $37,360
New York $61,680
North Carolina $34,710
North Dakota $42,760
Ohio $46,340
Oklahoma $36,560
Oregon $53,780
Pennsylvania $55,380
Rhode Island $41,180
South Carolina $40,350
South Dakota $39,660
Tennessee $37,120
Texas $35,360
Utah $44,360
Vermont $45,190
Virginia $40,620
Washington $62,310
West Virginia $37,860
Wisconsin $53,400
Wyoming $40,430

What Tools & Technology do Glaziers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Glaziers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Palm OS
  • Work order software

Becoming a Glazier

What education or degrees do I need to become a Glazier?


How many years of work experience do I need?


Where do Glaziers Work?


The table below shows the approximate number of Glaziers employed by various industries.


Similar Careers

Those thinking about becoming a Glazier might also be interested in the following careers:

Career changers with experience as a Glazier sometimes find work in one of the following fields:


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