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Stucco Mason: Job Description & Requirements

Stucco masons are skilled craftsmen who apply plaster coatings on the inside and outside of homes to strengthen and insulate them. Learn about the training, salary and predicted job growth, to see if this is the right job for you.

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Career Definition for a Stucco Mason

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (www.bls.gov), stucco masons are responsible for applying plaster to interior ceilings and walls, a process which will allow the surfaces to become fire-resistant and soundproof. Stucco masons also use stucco and cement plasters to weatherproof and improve the appearance of the outside of buildings. They often create their own plaster and use ingredients, including cement, sand and lime to create attractive and durable surfaces.

Education Apprenticeship
Job Skills Dexterity, interpersonal communication, physical stamina, technical skills
Median Salary (2015)* $37,320 (all stucco masons and plasterers)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 7% (all stucco masons and plasterers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Educational Requirements

Most stucco masons receive their training through a formal apprenticeship program, which can last anywhere from two to three years. Apprentice programs combine classroom work and on-the-job training, where students are educated by experienced stucco masons. While in the classroom, students will take courses on drafting, mathematics, blueprint reading and layout work.

Skills Required

Stucco masons need to be in good physical condition in order to handle the physical requirements that this job demands. Stucco masons should have solid manual dexterity and understand how to work with a variety of tools, including straightedges, brushes, trowels and floats.

Economic and Career Outlook

Professionals that become qualified stucco masons are already at the peak of their profession, but they can still find advancement opportunities as a supervisor or estimator. Many stucco masons are self-employed, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that they earned a median annual salary of $37,320 in 2015. The BLS also projects employment for masonry jobs will grow by 7% from 2014-2024.

Alternate Career Options

Check out related occupational fields whose duties involve design, construction and masonry:

Carpet Installer

For those interested in improving homes but preferring to work mostly indoors, installing carpets might be a career option to consider. These workers learn their skills on the job, from experienced carpet installers. However, the BLS projects a 1% decrease in employment from 2014-2024. In 2015, these professionals earned a median annual salary of $37,220, per the BLS.

Brick Mason, Block Mason and Stone Mason

Block masons, brick masons and stone masons build walls, sidewalks and fences with concrete blocks, bricks and stone. These are also masonry careers in which an apprenticeship is the most common form of training, although some learn through technical school programs or informally on the job. Much faster-than-average growth of 15% is predicted, overall, for these occupations by the BLS, during the 2014-2024 decade. Brick masons and block masons earned an annual median salary of $47,950 in 2015, while stone masons earned $38,630, the BLS reported.

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