Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

47-2051 Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers

Smooth and finish surfaces of poured concrete, such as floors, walks, sidewalks, roads, or curbs using a variety of hand and power tools. Align forms for sidewalks, curbs, or gutters; patch voids; use saws to cut expansion joints. Classify installers of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units in "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers. (37-3011).

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
180,540 2.3 % $16.23 $33,760 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.37 $11.59 $14.80 $19.78 $25.79
Annual Wage (2) $19,480 $24,110 $30,780 $41,130 $53,650

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building foundation and exterior contractors 74,890 $15.93 $33,130 1 16
Other specialty trade contractors 40,600 $16.96 $35,280 2 13
Nonresidential building construction 20,220 $17.02 $35,410 3 12
Residential building construction 11,730 $15.34 $31,910 4 20
Highway, street, and bridge construction 11,480 $16.84 $35,030 5 15

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
General medical and surgical hospitals 30 $26.61 $55,350 25 1
State government (OES designation) 70 $24.05 $50,020 22 2
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 80 $21.37 $44,450 20 3
Federal government (OES designation) 180 $19.74 $41,050 15 4
Local government (OES designation) 870 $19.13 $39,780 13 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
South Dakota 1,200 $11.95 $24,850 0.339% 300
Arizona 7,160 $15.40 $32,020 0.317% 342
Utah 3,210 $18.72 $38,940 0.308% 235
Montana 1,130 $15.24 $31,690 0.286% 279
Nevada 3,010 $20.01 $41,620 0.283% 244

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 280 $25.65 $53,350 0.096% 140
Hawaii 520 $24.51 $50,980 0.094% 123
Illinois 7,090 $22.87 $47,570 0.123% 225
New Jersey 2,850 $21.49 $44,700 0.074% 295
Massachusetts 1,430 $20.70 $43,060 0.045% 291

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Greeley, CO PMSA 440 $14.24 $29,630 0.629%
Sioux Falls, SD MSA 570 $11.87 $24,680 0.508%
Dubuque, IA MSA 230 $12.89 $26,800 0.467%
Fort Myers-Cape Coral, FL MSA 870 $16.87 $35,090 0.461%
Kenosha, WI PMSA 230 $17.78 $36,980 0.444%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 260 $28.54 $59,350 0.042%
Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria, OH PMSA 1,060 $28.00 $58,230 0.097%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 1,160 $25.75 $53,550 0.097%
Brockton, MA PMSA 140 $25.40 $52,820 0.141%
Chicago, IL PMSA 4,560 $25.12 $52,250 0.115%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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