Bricklayers and Stonemasons lay bricks, pre-cut stones and other types of building blocks in mortar to construct and repair walls, partitions, arches and other structures, and cut and shape hard and soft stone blocks and masonry slabs for the construction and renovation of stone structures and monumental masonry.

    Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in bricklaying or stonemasonry is needed to work as a Bricklayer or Stonemason.

    Tasks

    • studying plans and specifications to determine materials required, dimensions and installation procedures
    • erecting and dismantling restricted height scaffolding
    • sealing foundations with damp-resistant materials and spreading layers of mortar to serve as base and binder for blocks using trowels
    • laying bricks in rows, designs and shapes, and spreading mortar between joints
    • embedding blocks in mortar and removing excess mortar
    • checking vertical and horizontal alignment
    • cutting, shaping and polishing stones and bricks using machines and hand tools, and shaping bricks to fit irregular spaces
    • repairing and maintaining bricks, cement blocks and related structures
    • designing and cutting monumental masonry and lettering
    • constructing walls using stone slabs and large masonry slab blocks

    More about Bricklayers and Stonemasons

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    All Bricklayers and Stonemasons

    • $2,070 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 30,000 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 78% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 38 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Bricklayers and Stonemasons (in their main job) grew strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 30,000 in 2018 to 29,300 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 13,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,600 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Bricklayers and Stonemasons work in Western Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Construction; Manufacturing; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,070 per week (very high compared to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Many work full-time (78%, higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 38 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Bricklayers and Stonemasons in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Bricklayers and Stonemasons.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200834100
    200928100
    201032700.0
    201131300
    201227900
    201327600
    201425800
    201531200
    201625900
    201725200
    201830000
    202329300

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsBricklayers and StonemasonsAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings20701460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Construction84.4
    Manufacturing12.8
    Administrative and Support Services0.5
    Other Services0.4
    Other Industries1.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateBricklayers and StonemasonsAll Jobs Average
    NSW30.631.6
    VIC25.725.6
    QLD14.220.0
    SA6.47.0
    WA19.910.8
    TAS1.42.0
    NT0.41.0
    ACT1.31.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketBricklayers and StonemasonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-195.1-5.05.0
    20-2412.6-9.39.3
    25-3425.5-22.922.9
    35-4420.4-22.022.0
    45-5419.7-21.621.6
    55-598.5-9.09.0
    60-645.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over2.7-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationBricklayers and StonemasonsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.3-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.3-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV63.2-21.121.1
    Year 1210.6-18.118.1
    Year 114.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below17.5-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in bricklaying or stonemasonry is needed to work as a Bricklayer or Stonemason.

    Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Bricklayer or Stonemason.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • construction induction card (white card)

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Construction, Plumbing and Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Bricklayers and Stonemasons who are reliable, work well in a team and are hardworking.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Building and Construction

      75% Skill level

      Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

    2. Education and Training

      57% Skill level

      Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    3. Design

      54% Skill level

      Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

    4. Mathematics

      52% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

    5. Administration and Management

      46% Skill level

      Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2021.00 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Outdoors, Exposed to Weather

      99% Important

      How often do you work outdoors, exposed to the weather?

    2. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

      98% Important

      How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

    3. Spend Time Standing

      96% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

    4. Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions

      96% Important

      How much time do you spend making repetitive motions?

    5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      93% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2021.00 - Brickmasons and Blockmasons.

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