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$45,950 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Masonry Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many masonry graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 315
Undergraduate Certificate 137
Associate’s Degree 40

What Masonry Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to masonry and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Masonry Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills for Masonry Majors

A major in masonry prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Masonry Majors

As you progress with your masonry degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Masonry Major?

People with a masonry degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Brickmasons and Blockmasons 10.3% $50,950
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
Stonemasons 9.5% $41,220
Tile and Marble Setters 9.8% $41,840

How Much Do Masonry Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $44,370 to $54,430 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to masonry. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Masonry Major  ( 44370 to 54430 )
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Some careers associated with masonry require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to masonry have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 25.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 40.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 18.5%
Some College Courses 14.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.7%

Online Masonry Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 63 schools offered some type of masonry program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 32 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 34 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 0
Associate’s Degree 9 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 32 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Masonry Worth It?

The median salary for a masonry grad is $45,950 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 15% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $121,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to masonry.

Major Number of Grads
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 20,200
Building Management & Inspection 4,947
Carpentry 4,022
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,389
Construction 1,740
Other Construction 344

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