There are currently an estimated 91,100 brickmasons in the United States. The brickmason job market is expected to grow by 10.3% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are brickmasons?

CareerExplorer rates brickmasons with a C employability rating, meaning this career should provide moderate employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 14,900 brickmasons. That number is based on 9,400 additional brickmasons, and the retirement of 5,500 existing brickmasons.

Are brickmasons in demand?

As is the case for many other construction workers, demand for brickmasons is sensitive to economic conditions. In a recession, construction activity declines and unemployment in the field rises. A healthy economy leads to peak building periods during which shortages in available manpower may occur. As the U.S. population naturally increases, demand for housing, schools, hospitals, offices, and industrial facilities will grow and subsequently create a greater need for tradesmen, including masons. The restoration of aging historical buildings and the popularity of brick in interior design should also create opportunities for brickmasons, as should construction of in-demand durable brick structures in hurricane-prone areas. Governments spending more on repairing schools and making government buildings more energy efficient could further improve the job outlook for brickmasons. In addition, increased construction on hillsides, inspired by architects and designers, may result in higher demand due to the need for retaining walls to hold soil in place. An aging workforce in this occupation will also generate openings. The physical aspects of this job, including the requirement to often work outdoors in challenging weather conditions, may deter potential applicants and reduce competition levels. Workers able to install new synthetic materials will have the best job prospects. Those wishing to advance may become supervisors for masonry contractors or transition to closely related areas, such as construction management or building inspection.

What’s the supply of brickmasons?

The brickmason industry is concentrated in New York, Florida, California

Brickmason job market by state

State Name Employed Brickmasons
New York 6,270
Florida 4,380
California 3,850
Texas 3,820
Pennsylvania 3,260
Ohio 2,910
North Carolina 2,900
Illinois 2,490
Virginia 2,480
Maryland 2,460
Utah 1,990
Michigan 1,860
Indiana 1,820
New Jersey 1,790
Minnesota 1,760
Wisconsin 1,600
Missouri 1,590
Tennessee 1,490
Colorado 1,480
Massachusetts 1,430
Washington 1,190
Nevada 970
Georgia 820
Kentucky 820
Connecticut 750
Iowa 750
Arizona 610
South Carolina 600
Nebraska 540
Kansas 540
Louisiana 510
Alabama 490
Arkansas 480
New Hampshire 370
Montana 350
Oklahoma 340
Oregon 340
South Dakota 330
Idaho 270
Maine 230
Puerto Rico 230
Hawaii 230
New Mexico 220
West Virginia 210
District of Columbia 210
North Dakota 200
Mississippi 190
Wyoming 180
Delaware 170
Vermont 100
Virgin Islands, U.S. 30