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Working As A Mason Helper

  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $53,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Mason Helper Do

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

Duties

Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following:

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers
  • Assist craftworkers with their duties

Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals.

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers:

  • Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Roofers

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How To Become A Mason Helper

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.

Education

Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.

Training

Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Advancement

Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Average Length of Employment
Stone Mason 3.8 years
Mason 3.8 years
Mason Tender 2.9 years
Bricklayer Helper 2.9 years
Mason Apprentice 2.8 years
Tile Layer Helper 2.0 years
Mason Helper 2.0 years
Helper 1.7 years
Top Careers Before Mason Helper
Driver 8.3%
Cashier 8.3%
Cook 7.1%
Welder 6.0%
Mechanic 6.0%
Server 6.0%
Mason 4.8%
Landscaper 4.8%
Supervisor 4.8%
Operator 3.6%
Yardman 3.6%
Installer 3.6%
Roofer 3.6%
Top Careers After Mason Helper
Carpenter 6.8%
Helper 6.0%
Welder 6.0%
Driver 6.0%
Cashier 5.3%
Supervisor 4.5%
Technician 4.5%
Custodian 3.8%
Prep Cook 3.8%
Foreman 3.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$53,000
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$24,000
Min 10%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$53,000
Median 50%
$120,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
QUALITY MASONRY
Highest Paying City
Pittsburgh, PA
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
2.4 years
How much does a Mason Helper make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Mason Helper in the United States is $53,955 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $24,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $120,000.

Real Mason Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mason Helper Quality Masonry LLC MO Mar 10, 2014 $45,768
Mason Helpers Lily's Construction, LLC Hackettstown, NJ Apr 20, 2016 $41,552
Mason Helper Quality Masonry LLC Nixa, MO Mar 01, 2016 $41,197
Mason Helper 5G Masonry, LLC Springfield, MO May 09, 2016 $41,197
Mason Helper Quality Masonry LLC MO Apr 03, 2015 $36,356
Mason Helper Rosales Masonry, Company, LLC MO Apr 15, 2015 $36,356
Mason Helper Quality Masonry LLC MO Mar 02, 2015 $36,356
Mason Helper Lopez Construction, LLC Bessemer, AL Apr 11, 2016 $31,347
Mason Helper Lopez Construction LLC Bessemer, AL Mar 01, 2015 $28,821
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Urban Bros Painting San Rafael, CA Nov 29, 2012 $28,766
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Urban Bros Painting San Rafael, CA Nov 16, 2012 $28,766
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Urban Bros Painting San Rafael, CA Dec 17, 2012 $28,766
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Urban Bros Painting San Rafael, CA Nov 21, 2012 $28,766
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Urban Bros Painting San Rafael, CA Dec 05, 2012 $28,766
Helpers-Painters and Stucco Masons Construction for 3, Corp NY Mar 03, 2011 $28,454 -
$32,261
Helpers-Painters and Stucco Masons Construction for 3, Corp NY Mar 01, 2011 $28,454 -
$32,261
Mason Helper Palmetto Green Landscape and Design, LLC Mount Pleasant, SC Apr 05, 2016 $28,133
Mason Helper Villanueva Masonry Midland, TX Feb 15, 2016 $27,528
Mason Helper LMS Lonestar Stone and Masonry, Inc. Jarrell, TX Apr 01, 2016 $25,420
Mason Helper Villanueva Masonry TX Feb 16, 2015 $25,148
Mason Helpers J. Tortorella Swimming Pools Inc. NY Mar 01, 2013 $23,750
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Superior Stucco, Inc. Broken Arrow, OK Dec 02, 2010 $22,435
Helpers-Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers and Stucco Masons Alboror Maintenance Co. Nanuet, NY Sep 16, 2009 $21,809
Helpers-Painters, Paperchangers, Plasterers and Stucco Mason R & J Construction, Inc. Danville, CA Apr 02, 2010 $20,870
Mason Helper Villanueva Masonry TX Mar 01, 2013 $20,557
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Perez Painting Tulsa, OK Jun 18, 2010 $20,265
Mason Helper Villanueva Masonry TX Mar 01, 2014 $19,054
Mason Helper Linan Construction AL Feb 01, 2013 $17,406
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Morris Drywall Systems, Inc. Whitehouse, TX Nov 19, 2009 $17,202
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons Morris Drywall Systems, Inc. Whitehouse, TX Jun 04, 2013 $17,202

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Top Skills for A Mason Helper

  1. Stone Surfaces
  2. Company Job Sites
  3. Installation Sites
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  • Provide assistance in the preparation, installation, repair, or rebuilding of tile, brick, or stone surfaces.
  • Transport materials, tools, or machines to installation sites, manually or using conveyance equipment.
  • Cleaned surfaces, equipment, tools, work sites and storage areas.
  • Modify material moving, mixing, grouting, grinding, polishing, or cleaning procedures according to installation or material requirements.
  • Prepared installation surfaces using pliers, chipping hammers, chisels, drills, and metal wire anchors.

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Top 10 Best States for Mason Helpers

  1. Louisiana
  2. Montana
  3. Wisconsin
  4. Minnesota
  5. Alaska
  6. Kansas
  7. Washington
  8. Hawaii
  9. Missouri
  10. New Hampshire
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Mason Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

89.0%

Unknown

7.3%

Female

3.7%
Ethnicity

White

63.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.6%

Black or African American

12.9%

Asian

5.1%

Unknown

2.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Mason Helper Education

Schools

Virginia Western Community College

7.1%

Bard College

7.1%

University of Phoenix

7.1%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

7.1%

Montgomery College

7.1%

Temple University

7.1%

Kent State University

7.1%

Griffin Technical College

7.1%

University of Washington

3.6%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.6%

Monroe Community College

3.6%

New River Community and Technical College

3.6%

Everest Institute

3.6%

Siena College

3.6%

Rowan College at Gloucester County

3.6%

New York Technical Institute of Hawaii

3.6%

Marshall University

3.6%

Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute - Poughkeepsie

3.6%

Hohokus School of Trade and Technical Sciences

3.6%

Pima Community College

3.6%
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Majors

Business

20.3%

Precision Metal Working

13.0%

General Studies

11.6%

Heating And Air Conditioning

5.8%

Psychology

4.3%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Environmental Science

4.3%

Construction Management

4.3%

Liberal Arts

4.3%

Computer Information Systems

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

2.9%

Computer Networking

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.9%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering Technology

1.4%

Manufacturing Engineering

1.4%

Nursing Assistants

1.4%
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Degrees

Other

52.7%

Bachelors

18.3%

Associate

16.1%

Diploma

6.5%

Certificate

6.5%
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