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.
- 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.
- Mix concrete and grout by hand or with a mixing machine.
- Unload and load tools and equipment at the jobsite.
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Pay by Experience Level for Bricklayer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Bricklayers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $41K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. Bricklayers see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $56K.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Bricklayers, Detroit offers exceptional salaries, 61 percent above the national average. Bricklayers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+45 percent), Chicago (+42 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Kansas City (+10 percent). Trailing the national average by 16 percent, Louisville is the market with the smallest paychecks.
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