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61 Associate's Degrees Annually
1 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#49 in Popularity (Associate's)
$45,950 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Masonry Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many masonry graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 284
Undergraduate Certificate 116
Associate’s Degree 61
Bachelor’s Degree 1

What Masonry Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, masonry majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Masonry Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Skills for Masonry Majors

When studying masonry, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Masonry Majors

Masonry majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Masonry Major?

People with a masonry degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Brickmasons and Blockmasons 10.3% $50,950
First-Line Supervisors of Construction Trades and Extraction Workers 12.6% $65,230
Stonemasons 9.5% $41,220
Tile and Marble Setters 9.8% $41,840

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Masonry?

61 Associate's Degrees Annually
3% Percent Women
28% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Masonry runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #49 out of all the trade school majors we track. In 2019, about 61 graduates completed their associate’s degree in this field. This major tends to be male dominated. About 97% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of masonry majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 9
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 42
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do Masonry Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $44,370 to $54,430 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to masonry. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Masonry Major  ( 44370 to 54430 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with masonry require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to masonry have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 25.3%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 40.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 18.5%
Some College Courses 14.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.7%

Online Masonry Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 66 schools offered some type of masonry program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 33 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 33 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 6 0
Associate’s Degree 10 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 33 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Masonry Worth It?

The median salary for a masonry grad is $45,950 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 15% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $121,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to masonry.

Major Number of Grads
Electrical & Power Transmission Installers 21,360
Building Management & Inspection 4,950
Carpentry 4,066
Plumbing & Water Supply 2,606
Construction 2,292
Other Construction 267

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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