Average Hourly Wage of Brick and Block Masons, By State

In our weekly quest to analyze each individual construction profession by state, we’ll examine brick and block masons.  The three previous professions we examined were heavy equipment operators, and electricians .  You can also see the full list of all past and future professions by clicking here.

Masonry workers, specifically brick and block masons, have been around for centuries and are one of the construction industries oldest professions.  Before blocks were prefabricated and purchased, masons had to cut the material by hand before placing.  Recently, robotic brick and block placing robots have threatened to take some jobs away from human masons, but that technology is still a long way away from making a huge impact on the profession.

All data below comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s most recent reports from May 2016. Data for the state of Alaska was unavailable for this work category, unfortunately.

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Brick & Block Mason, by State

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Brick & Block Mason, by State

50. Mississippi--  $16.94/hour

49. Florida--  $17.29/hour

48. South Carolina--  $17.37/hour

47. Georgia--  $17.56/hour

46. North Carolina--  $18.29/hour

45. Arkansas--  $18.84/hour

44. Alabama--  $19.07/hour

43. Utah--  $19.14/hour

42. West Virginia--  $19.44/hour

41. New Mexico--  $19.50/hour

40. Louisiana--  $19.58/hour

39. Maine--  $19.61/hour

38. Arizona--  $19.89/hour

37. Oklahoma--  $20.57/hour

36. Maryland--  $20.91/hour

35. Texas--  $21.04/hour

34. Iowa--  $21.86/hour

33. Tennessee--  $22.08/hour

32. Colorado--  $22.56/hour

31. Indiana--  $22.73/hour

30. Michigan--  $22.97/hour

29. Nevada--  $23.03/hour

28. Virginia--  $23.07/hour

27. Idaho--  $23.33/hour

26. New Hampshire--  $23.36/hour

25. Kentucky--  $24.02/hour

24. Oregon--  $24.11/hour

23. Vermont--  $24.33/hour

22. Montana--  $24.56/hour

21. Nebraska--  $24.81/hour

20. Kansas--  $24.87/hour

19. South Dakota--  $25.26/hour

18. Ohio--  $25.38/hour

17. Wisconsin--  $25.71/hour

16. Wyoming--  $26.18/hour

15. Delaware--  $26.22/hour

14. Pennsylvania--  $26.36/hour

13. Hawaii--  $28.40/hour

12. North Dakota--  $28.50/hour

11. California--  $29.10/hour

10. Connecticut--  $29.72/hour

9. New Jersey--  $30.41/hour

8. District of Columbia--  $30.58/hour

7. Missouri--  $30.96/hour

6. Rhode Island--  $32.14/hour

5. Minnesota--  $33.36/hour

4. Washington--  $35.18/hour

3. Illinois--  $35.31/hour

2. New York--  $35.57/hour

1. Massachusetts--  $37.28/hour

Graph of Average Hourly Wage of a Brick & Block Mason - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

Cost of living in each state also has a large impact on the amount of money construction trades actually bring home, so the graph below shows each state's adjusted hourly wage based upon the cost of living index for that state.  All cost of living index data comes from the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center and was last updated for the second quarter of 2017.  The cost of living index was based upon grocery, housing, utilities, transportation, health, and miscellaneous costs for each state.

Again, data for the state of Alaska was unavailable for this work category. 

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Rankings of Average Hourly Wage of a Brick & Block Mason - Adjusted for Cost of Living, by State

50. Hawaii--  $9.54/hour

49. District of Columbia--  $14.25/hour

48. Maryland--  $15.26/hour

47. California--  $15.83/hour

46. Oregon--  $16.47/hour

45. Maine--  $17.32/hour

44. Florida--  $17.55/hour

43. South Carolina--  $17.61/hour

42. Georgia--  $19.21/hour

41. North Carolina--  $19.28/hour

40. Mississippi--  $19.40/hour

39. Utah--  $20.04/hour

38. West Virginia--  $20.24/hour

37. New Hampshire--  $20.56/hour

36. Arizona--  $20.59/hour

35. Louisiana--  $20.64/hour

34. New Mexico--  $20.65/hour

33. Alabama--  $20.84/hour

32. Arkansas--  $21.21/hour

31. Nevada--  $21.79/hour

30. Colorado--  $21.91/hour

29. Virginia--  $22.56/hour

28. Oklahoma--  $22.67/hour

27. Texas--  $23.02/hour

26. New Jersey--  $23.57/hour

25. Vermont--  $23.62/hour

24. Iowa--  $23.63/hour

23. New York--  $24.33/hour

22. Montana--  $24.39/hour

21. Tennessee--  $24.42/hour

20. Connecticut--  $24.82/hour

19. Indiana--  $24.82/hour

18. Rhode Island--  $24.97/hour

17. Michigan--  $25.20/hour

16. Idaho--  $25.36/hour

15. South Dakota--  $25.36/hour

14. Kentucky--  $25.63/hour

13. Delaware--  $25.64/hour

12. Massachusetts--  $25.91/hour

11. Pennsylvania--  $25.94/hour

10. Wisconsin--  $26.38/hour

9. Nebraska--  $26.84/hour

8. Wyoming--  $27.10/hour

7. Ohio--  $27.33/hour

6. Kansas--  $27.43/hour

5. North Dakota--  $28.81/hour

4. Washington--  $32.37/hour

3. Minnesota--  $33.43/hour

2. Missouri--  $34.09/hour

1. Illinois--  $36.30/hour