FIND PERSONALIZED JOBS
Sign up to Zippia and discover your career options with your personalized career search.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
APPLY NOW
Apply Now
×
FIND
PERSONALIZED JOBS

Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

CONTENT HAS
BEEN UNLOCKED
Close this window to view unlocked content
or
find interesting jobs in

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign Up

SIGN UP TO UNLOCK CONTENT

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Forgot Password?

Don't have an account? Sign Up

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Log In

Log In to Save

Sign Up to Save

Sign Up to Dismiss

Sign up to save the job and get personalized job recommendations.

Sign up to dismiss the job and get personalized job recommendations.

or

The email and password you specified are invalid. Please, try again.

Email and password are mandatory

Already have an account? Log in

reset password

Enter your email address and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Back to Log In

Company Saved

Answer a few questions and view jobs at that match your preferences.

Where do you want to work?

Job Saved

See your Saved Jobs now

or

find more interesting jobs in

Job Dismissed

Find better matching jobs in

Your search has been saved!

Become A Concrete Finisher

Where do you want to work?

To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.

Working As A Concrete Finisher

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Concrete Finisher Do

Masonry workers, also known as masons, use bricks, concrete blocks, concrete, and natural and manmade stones to build walls, walkways, fences, and other masonry structures.

Duties

Masons typically do the following:

  • Read blueprints or drawings to calculate materials needed
  • Lay out patterns, forms, or foundations according to plans
  • Break or cut materials to required size
  • Mix mortar or grout and spread it onto a slab or foundation
  • Clean excess mortar with trowels and other hand tools
  • Construct corners with a corner pole or by building a corner pyramid
  • Align structure vertically and horizontally
  • Clean and polish surfaces with hand or power tools
  • Fill expansion joints with the appropriate caulking materials

Masonry materials are some of the most common and durable materials used in construction. Brick, block, and stone structures can last for hundreds of years. Concrete—a mixture of cement, sand, gravel, and water—is the foundation for everything from decorative patios and floors to huge dams or miles of roadways.

Brickmasons and blockmasons—often called bricklayers—build and repair walls, floors, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, and other structures with brick, terra cotta, precast masonry panels, concrete block, and other masonry materials. Pointing, cleaning, and caulking workers are brickmasons who repair brickwork, particularly on older structures on which mortar has come loose. Refractory masons are brickmasons who specialize in installing firebrick, gunite, castables, and refractory tile in high-temperature boilers, furnaces, cupolas, ladles, and soaking pits in industrial establishments.

Cement masons and concrete finishers place and finish concrete. They may color concrete surfaces, expose aggregate (small stones) in walls and sidewalks, or make concrete beams, columns, and panels. Throughout the process of pouring, leveling, and finishing concrete, cement masons must monitor how the wind, heat, or cold affects the curing of the concrete. They must have a thorough knowledge of the characteristics of concrete so that they can determine what is happening to the concrete and take measures to prevent defects. Some small jobs may require the use of a supportive wire mesh called lath. On larger jobs, reinforcing iron and rebar workers install the reinforcing mesh.

Segmental pavers—also referred to as patio pavers—install interlocking masonry walkways, driveways, and patios. Workers need to prepare the site carefully to ensure the masonry units connect properly without gaps or ridges.

Stonemasons build stone walls, as well as set stone exteriors and floors. They work with two types of stone: natural-cut stone, such as marble, granite, and limestone; and artificial stone, made from concrete, marble chips, or other masonry materials. Using a special hammer or a diamond-blade saw, workers cut stone to make various shapes and sizes. Some stonemasons specialize in setting marble, which is similar to setting large pieces of stone.

Terrazzo workers and finishers, also known as terrazzo masons, create decorative walkways, floors, patios, and panels. Much of the terrazzo preliminary work of pouring, leveling, and finishing concrete is similar to that of cement masons. Epoxy terrazzo requires less base preparation and is significantly thinner when completed. Terrazzo workers create decorative finishes by blending fine marble chips into the epoxy or cement, which is often colored. Once the terrazzo is thoroughly set, workers correct any depressions or imperfections with a grinder to create a smooth, uniform finish. Terrazzo workers also install decorative toppings and/or polishing compounds to new or existing concrete.

Show More

Show Less

How To Become A Concrete Finisher

Most masons have a high school diploma or equivalent and learn either on the job or through an apprenticeship program. Others learn through masonry programs at technical schools.

Education

A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most masons. High school courses in mathematics, mechanical drawing, and vocational education are considered useful.

Many technical schools offer programs in basic masonry. These programs operate both independently and in conjunction with apprenticeship training. The credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree. Some people take courses before being hired, and some take them later as part of on-the-job training.

Training

A 3- to 4-year apprenticeship is how most masons learn the trade. For each year of the program, apprentices must complete at least 144 hours of related technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. In the future, apprenticeships are expected to focus more on proven competencies than time-in-training and therefore the duration of apprenticeships may decrease.

Apprentices learn construction basics such as blueprint reading; mathematics, including measurement, volume, and mixing proportions; building code requirements; and safety and first-aid practices. 

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work

Some contractors have their own training programs for masons. Although workers may enter apprenticeships directly, some masons start out as construction helpers. The Home Builders Institute and the International Masonry Institute offer pre-apprenticeship training program for eight construction trades, including masonry.

After completing an apprenticeship program, masons are considered journey workers and are able to perform tasks on their own.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Terrazzo workers must be able to distinguish between small variations in color when setting terrazzo patterns in order to produce the best looking finish.

Hand-eye coordination. Workers must be able to apply smooth, even layers of mortar, set bricks, and remove any excess before the mortar hardens.

Math skills. Cement masons use their knowledge of math—including measurement, volume, and mixing proportions—when they mix their own mortar.

Physical stamina. Brickmasons must keep a steady pace while setting bricks all day. Although no individual brick is extremely heavy, the constant lifting can be tiring.

Physical strength. Workers must be strong enough to lift more than 50 pounds. They must also carry heavy tools, equipment, and other materials, such as bags of mortar and grout.

Visualization. Stonemasons must be able to see how stones fit together in order to build attractive and stable structures.

Show More

Show Less

Do you work as a Concrete Finisher?

Send To A Friend

Concrete Finisher Jobs

NO RESULTS

Aw snap, no jobs found.

Add To My Jobs

Do you work as a Concrete Finisher?

Help others decide if this is a good career for them

Do you work as a Concrete Finisher?

Concrete Finisher Demographics

Gender

Male

84.0%

Unknown

11.8%

Female

4.3%
Ethnicity

White

65.0%

Hispanic or Latino

14.9%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

5.2%

Unknown

3.2%
Show More
Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

73.1%

French

3.8%

Polish

3.8%

Finnish

2.6%

Carrier

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Swahili

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Chinese

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%

Dakota

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Mandarin

1.3%

Tongan

1.3%

Lingala

1.3%
Show More

Concrete Finisher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.9%

The Academy

12.7%

Ashford University

6.9%

Kirkwood Community College

5.8%

Central State University

4.8%

Sinclair Community College

4.8%

A-Technical College

4.2%

Tulsa Welding School

3.7%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.7%

East Mississippi Community College

3.7%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.7%

Oklahoma State University

3.7%

Holmes Community College

3.2%

Mesa Community College - Boswell

3.2%

Lansing Community College

3.2%

Grand Rapids Community College

3.2%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.2%

Kansas State University

3.2%

Pulaski Technical College

3.2%

Technology Center

3.2%
Show More
Majors

Business

19.4%

Precision Metal Working

11.7%

General Studies

10.3%

Construction Management

7.3%

Automotive Technology

5.5%

Criminal Justice

5.5%

Drafting And Design

4.2%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Computer Science

4.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.5%

Masonry

3.0%

Education

2.8%

Psychology

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Accounting

2.5%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Kinesiology

2.4%

Industrial Technology

2.1%

Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance Technologies

2.1%

Biology

2.0%
Show More
Degrees

Other

53.3%

Associate

15.5%

Bachelors

15.4%

Certificate

9.8%

Diploma

3.4%

Masters

1.6%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.3%
Show More

Job type you want
Full Time
Part Time
Internship
Temporary
Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
View Detailed Salary Report
$22,000
Min 10%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$39,000
Median 50%
$72,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kiewit
Highest Paying City
Bismarck, ND
Highest Paying State
North Dakota
Avg Experience Level
4.0 years
How much does a Concrete Finisher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Concrete Finisher in the United States is $40,001 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $72,000.

Real Concrete Finisher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Concrete Finisher J.C. Contracting, Inc. Bloomfield, NJ Mar 05, 2015 $70,749
Concrete Finisher 30 30 Concrete, Inc. MN Apr 22, 2014 $50,401
Concrete Finisher Marek K Contracting Corp NY Feb 23, 2010 $50,255
Concrete Finisher Gull Corporation Leesburg, VA Nov 16, 2016 $47,882
Concrete Finisher AJK Contarcting, Ltd. Merrick, NY Apr 22, 2009 $43,577
Concrete Finisher EEI Eveready Enterprises, Inc. Hempstead, NY Dec 08, 2009 $43,577
Concrete Finisher Bruce Manton Constructors LLC NJ Feb 13, 2009 $43,077
Concrete Finisher Bruce Manton Constructors LLC NJ Dec 17, 2009 $43,077
Concrete Finisher Reyes Concrete Co. VA Jun 02, 2016 $42,637
Concrete Finisher Summit Sealants, Inc. Montrose, CO Jan 21, 2016 $42,390
Concrete/Finisher Pate Concrete Littleton, CO Apr 12, 2010 $41,740
Concrete Finisher Infrastructure Repair Service, LLC Lincoln Park, NJ Oct 05, 2007 $41,740
Concrete Finisher Pate Concrete Littleton, CO Apr 14, 2010 $41,740
Concrete Finishers Reyes Concrete Co., LLC VA Apr 30, 2015 $41,490
Concrete Finisher LBL Gunite of Tulsa LP OK Feb 01, 2014 $31,075
Concrete Finisher Jose Uribe Concrete Construction Gatesville, TX Feb 08, 2016 $30,992
Concrete Finisher J F Luna Construction, LLC Killeen, TX Feb 08, 2016 $30,783
Concrete Finishers Wm Construction, Inc. LA Oct 01, 2014 $30,575
Concrete Finishers Wm Construction, Inc. LA Apr 01, 2014 $30,575
Concrete Finishers Wm Construction, Inc. LA Oct 01, 2013 $30,575
Concrete Finisher Reyes Concrete Co., LLC VA Apr 01, 2013 $30,470
Concrete Finishers Roman Concrete Inc. TX Oct 01, 2014 $30,387
Concrete Finisher G and P Contractors, Inc. TX Mar 04, 2016 $28,947
Concrete Finisher Luna Concrete, Inc. MD Aug 07, 2008 $28,842
Concrete Finishers The Hernandez Concrete Co. Inc. TX Oct 01, 2012 $28,759
Concrete Finisher Wilson Kehoe Miller Corporation Largo, FL Mar 06, 2008 $27,131
Concrete Finisher Wilson Kehoe Miller Corporation Largo, FL Apr 16, 2008 $27,131
Concrete Finisher Wilson Kehoe Miller Corporation Largo, FL Apr 18, 2008 $27,131

No Results

To get more results, try adjusting your search by changing your filters.

See More Salaries

How Would You Rate The Salary Of a Concrete Finisher?

Have you worked as a Concrete Finisher? Help other job seekers by rating your experience as a Concrete Finisher.

Top Skills for A Concrete Finisher

  1. Sidewalks
  2. Rebar
  3. Signal Truck Driver
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Installed new roads and sidewalks by operating equipment used for applying concrete, asphalt, or other materials.
  • Job Duties: Carry, tie, and place rebar in ground in preparation for concrete.
  • Clean work areas, machines, or equipment, to maintain a clean and safe job site.
  • Utilize safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations and maintains a safe and clean work environment.
  • Removed forms from cured beams, using hand tools, and cut protruding end of stressing cable, using oxyacetylene torch.

How Would You Rate Working As a Concrete Finisher?

Are you working as a Concrete Finisher? Help us rate Concrete Finisher as a Career.

Rank:

Average Salary:

Embed On Your Website

Top 10 Best States for Concrete Finishers

  1. North Dakota
  2. New York
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Missouri
  5. Hawaii
  6. Illinois
  7. Washington
  8. Nevada
  9. Alaska
  10. Minnesota
  • (13 jobs)
  • (28 jobs)
  • (39 jobs)
  • (20 jobs)
  • (1 jobs)
  • (17 jobs)
  • (17 jobs)
  • (11 jobs)
  • (0 jobs)
  • (22 jobs)

Top Concrete Finisher Employers

Show More

Jobs From Top Concrete Finisher Employers

Concrete Finisher Videos

Finishing Concrete Walkway close-up

how I smooth finish concrete (Mike Haduck)

Cement Masons and Concrete Finishers Job Description

Related to your recently viewed content