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Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers

Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers
Quick Facts : Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers*
2010 Median Pay$35,530
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012148,400
Job Outlook34% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change50,700


Cement masons pour, smooth, and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs. Using a cement mixture, terrazzo workers create durable and decorative surfaces for floors and stairways. Concrete and terrazzo work is fast paced and strenuous and often involves kneeling, bending, and reaching. Because many jobs are outdoors, work generally stops in wet weather.

What Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers Do

  • Install reinforcing rebar or mesh wire to strengthen the concrete
  • Signal truck drivers to facilitate the pouring of concrete
  • Spread, level, and smooth concrete, using a trowel, float, or screed
  • Monitor curing (hardening) to ensure a durable, smooth, and uniform finish
  • Grind and polish surfaces for a smooth, lustrous look

Work Environment

Concrete and terrazzo work is fast paced and strenuous and often involves kneeling, bending, and reaching. Because many jobs are outdoors, work generally stops in wet weather.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of cement masons and terrazzo workers is projected to grow 34 percent from 2010 to 2020 due to the need for more cement masons to build new highways, bridges, factories, and residential structures to meet the demands of a growing population.
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Pay

The average salary of cement masons and terrazzo workers was $35,530 in May 2010.
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Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers

35530

Construction Occupations

43910.3704

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers*
Percent Change in Employment

Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers

34.1644

Construction Occupations

21.314657794104683

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Cement Masons and Terrazzo Workers

Most on-the-job training programs consist of informal instruction in which experienced workers teach helpers to use the tools, equipment, machines, and materials of the trade. As training progresses, assignments become more complex and trainees can usually do finishing work more quickly. Some cement masons and terrazzo workers learn their trade through a 3-year apprenticeship and earn at least 144 hours of technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training.
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