Employment Outlook

A Local and National Business Data Alert

  • We have a drastic local, state and national shortage of skilled masonry workers in United States.
  • We need an estimated 14,000 additional masons per year for the next ten years in just Bricklaying.
  • Pennsylvania has an economical and construction boom and we need more skilled tradesman to keep up with the demand and dwindling skilled labor force in PA.
  • We need to replenish the pool of highly skilled individuals in PA to replace our aging workforce, contractors, engineers, architects and entrepreneurial opportunities in the construction trades well into the 21st Century.
  • Why is the educational system so narrow minded on ALL students receiving a college degree when only 25% of the total population of the U.S. need a four year degree in the US to obtain employment and we can’t find the skilled help for our companies to meet the current demands?
  • What about the 75% of secondary students and adult displaced workers not needing a four year college degree? Are they being technically trained and addressed by the current educational system? According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor and Statistics and Business — definitely NOT!
  • Why haven’t High Schools locally and nationally published completion rates and job success of ALL students and majors who enter and finish college instead of publishing the number of students going to college?? Compare technical training statistics and salaries.
  • Look around as you read this! There is nothing you see that doesn’t involve masonry. Who designs, builds and maintains all that you see? A highly-qualified, skilled and educated individual who is a life long learner.

There is a local, state and national shortage of skilled mason and related fields. With increasing retirements and no one to fill the positions, the masonry trades are in desperate need to replenish the skilled labor workforce well into the mid 21st century in all areas. Current entry level wages for semi-skilled personnel start at $9.00 to $12.00 per hour (high school) to $20.00 to $58.00 per hour for highly skilled masons. At present the masonry field does not have enough skilled personnel to fill the entry level positions let alone replenish the skilled force openings left through attrition. The masonry field is expressing a concern to fill the high paying jobs of contractors and supervisors that require high levels of competence, motivation and intelligence in the next ten years. If you have a desire to succeed and want a trade that guarantees a future! The Masonry Trades are waiting for you.