Men represent the vast majority of Bricklayers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $24.25 per hour nationwide. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Bricklayers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Close to two-fifths enjoy medical while one-fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than one-fifth. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,900 - $76,006
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$30K
$41K
$76K
MEDIAN: $40,604
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$14.91 - $38.36
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$15
$24
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,900 - $76,006  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $20,608  
Profit Sharing
$520  
Total Pay (?
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$31,010 - $81,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 41
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $38.36  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.75  
Overtime
$14.90 - $50.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$290.87 - $20,608  
   
Profit Sharing
$520  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,010 - $81,507  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 305
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Job Description for Bricklayer

The duties of a bricklayer are many and you can be involved in many different projects. Bricklayers work on sidewalks, streets, homes, walls, and more. As a bricklayer you would be responsible to get supplies ready and to cut bricks and other materials to fit the project that you are working on. You could be building anything from a chimney to a fireplace to entire buildings. You will need to know how to read and follow blue prints and to follow precise directions. You will also need to be prepared to work in a variety of weather conditions from extreme heat to freezing temperatures. Bricklayers are often times referred to masons or brick masons and you can be a union or a non union worker. It will be your responsibility to cut the bricks either by pounding them or by cutting them with a chisel or saw. You will need to know how to be safe when you are using tools like those as well as know how to build a wall or project that will be safe and high quality. Not only do you need to know how to read blue prints but you will need physical strength and endurance to do many of these jobs that go with brick laying. You will also work many long and odd hours to complete jobs on time and to do them at a time that works for the project managers. There are no real educational requirements to become a brick layer however most places prefer at least a high school diploma.


Bricklayer Tasks

  • Mix concrete and grout by hand or with a mixing machine.
  • Unload and load tools and equipment at the jobsite.
  • Lay bricks, pre-cut stone and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures.
  • Measure and cut block or brick to specific lengths.

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Pay by Experience Level for Bricklayer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Bricklayers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $57K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,699

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Bricklayers will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Bricklayers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+41 percent), Pittsburgh (+24 percent), Detroit (+21 percent), and New York (+19 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 17 percent south of the national average, can be found in Louisville.

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Experience Affects Bricklayer Salaries


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$52,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
38%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 41%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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