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What is a Glazier?

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

List of Glazier Job Duties

  • Move furniture to clear work sites and cover floors or furnishings with drop cloths.
  • Confer with customers to determine project requirements or to provide cost estimates.
  • Cut and attach mounting strips, metal or wood moldings, rubber gaskets, or metal clips to surfaces in preparation for mirror installation.
  • Assemble, erect, or dismantle scaffolds, rigging, or hoisting equipment.
  • Pack spaces between moldings and glass with glazing compounds and trim excess material with glazing knives.
  • Operate cranes or hoists with suction cups to lift large, heavy pieces of glass.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Glazier?

Below is a list of the skills most Glaziers say are important on the job.

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.

  • Stained Glass Glazier
  • Stained Glass Installer
  • Window Assembler
  • Glazing Superintendent
  • Foreman

Job Demand 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.

Glazier Average Salary

The salary for Glaziers ranges between about $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 do Glaziers Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Glaziers may use on a daily basis:

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

Becoming a Glazier

What kind of Glazier requirements are there?


What work experience do I need to become a Glazier?


Who Employs Glaziers?


Glaziers work in the following industries:


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


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