Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

47-2021 Brickmasons and Blockmasons

Lay and bind building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, partitions, arches, sewers, and other structures. Excludes "Stonemasons" (47-2022). Installers of mortarless segmental concrete masonry wall units are classified in "Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers" (37-3011).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

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)
62,560 2.3 % $24.40 $50,760 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.92 $17.42 $22.50 $30.06 $38.74
Annual Wage (2) $28,950 $36,230 $46,800 $62,520 $80,570


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 45,860 6.77 $23.73 $49,350
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,950 0.76 $27.80 $57,830
Residential Building Construction 2,520 0.44 $21.75 $45,230
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,890 0.35 $27.04 $56,240
Employment Services 440 0.01 $26.25 $54,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 45,860 6.77 $23.73 $49,350
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,950 0.76 $27.80 $57,830
Residential Building Construction 2,520 0.44 $21.75 $45,230
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,890 0.35 $27.04 $56,240
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing 240 0.27 $25.38 $52,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $28.72 $59,740
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,950 0.76 $27.80 $57,830
Local Government (OES Designation) 360 0.01 $27.70 $57,620
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 1,890 0.35 $27.04 $56,240
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 150 0.05 $26.78 $55,710


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 6,170 0.73 1.50 $30.58 $63,620
Texas 5,310 0.52 1.06 $19.32 $40,180
California 3,650 0.26 0.53 $28.36 $58,990
Pennsylvania 3,630 0.65 1.34 $24.35 $50,650
Ohio 3,400 0.68 1.40 $24.12 $50,170




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Virginia 640 0.91 1.86 $16.79 $34,920
Maryland 2,200 0.89 1.82 $20.87 $43,410
Indiana 2,370 0.86 1.76 $22.29 $46,360
Wyoming 220 0.80 1.64 $23.09 $48,030
Rhode Island 360 0.80 1.63 $24.70 $51,370




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,170 0.37 0.76 $38.36 $79,790
Hawaii 210 0.37 0.76 $33.04 $68,730
Washington 660 0.24 0.49 $31.69 $65,920
Illinois 3,380 0.61 1.24 $31.62 $65,780
Minnesota 1,060 0.41 0.84 $30.78 $64,020





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,550 0.70 1.44 $32.10 $66,780
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.61 1.25 $32.73 $68,080
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,720 0.68 1.38 $20.82 $43,310
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,560 0.68 1.38 $21.04 $43,770
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 1,160 0.64 1.31 $29.63 $61,620
Baltimore-Towson, MD 1,110 0.88 1.81 $20.40 $42,430
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.88 1.80 $34.98 $72,750
Pittsburgh, PA 980 0.88 1.79 $22.03 $45,830
St. Louis, MO-IL 710 0.56 1.15 $30.54 $63,520
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 700 0.42 0.86 $42.02 $87,400




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Bedford, MA 160 2.59 5.31 $32.22 $67,010
Owensboro, KY 120 2.59 5.31 $22.94 $47,710
Gary, IN Metropolitan Division 660 2.54 5.21 $20.19 $41,990
Lancaster, PA 410 1.84 3.78 $22.32 $46,430
Palm Coast, FL 30 1.79 3.66 $14.64 $30,450
Jacksonville, NC 80 1.74 3.57 $21.45 $44,620
Waco, TX 160 1.63 3.34 $18.63 $38,740
Rapid City, SD 100 1.63 3.35 $20.91 $43,500
Lynchburg, VA 150 1.52 3.12 $20.56 $42,770
Greenville, NC 100 1.37 2.81 $15.13 $31,480




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 700 0.42 0.86 $42.02 $87,400
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $38.45 $79,980
St. Joseph, MO-KS 50 1.06 2.17 $37.03 $77,020
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division 340 0.93 1.90 $36.61 $76,160
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 450 0.66 1.36 $35.84 $74,540
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 1,060 0.88 1.80 $34.98 $72,750
Duluth, MN-WI 100 0.84 1.72 $34.17 $71,080
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 600 0.35 0.72 $33.08 $68,800
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 320 0.23 0.48 $32.75 $68,110
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,180 0.61 1.25 $32.73 $68,080

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 350 1.45 2.97 $17.21 $35,790
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 250 1.14 2.34 $23.97 $49,850
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 230 0.86 1.76 $20.37 $42,370
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 200 1.30 2.66 $22.04 $45,850
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 200 1.41 2.88 $15.93 $33,140

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 130 1.87 3.83 $21.89 $45,540
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.67 3.42 $24.09 $50,100
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 350 1.45 2.97 $17.21 $35,790
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 150 1.44 2.95 $19.72 $41,010
Northeast Florida nonmetropolitan area 200 1.41 2.88 $15.93 $33,140

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $36.92 $76,800
Southeast Missouri nonmetropolitan area 80 0.50 1.02 $29.58 $61,530
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 90 0.53 1.08 $28.75 $59,810
West Central Illinois nonmetropolitan area 80 0.45 0.92 $27.04 $56,250
Central New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.55 $55,230


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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