According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for brickmasons as of May 2010 was $46,930. The median wage is the half-way point between the workers who earn the most in an occupation and the workers who earn the least. The lowest 10 percent of brickmasons earned $28,790, while the top 10 percent of brickmasons earned $78,630. Apprentices usually earn between 30 to 50 percent less than what a fully trained mason makes. Their salary increases when an apprentice becomes a journeyman and gains more experience and skill.
Bricklayers in the United Kingdom have an average salary of £33,000, while brickmasons in Australia can earn upwards of $60,000.
Most brickmasons work at least a 40-hour week, with more hours required to meet completion deadlines. Self-employed masons have more leeway in their hours worked, but administrative functions can take up a substantial amount of time as well. According to the bls.gov website, 29 percent of masons (brickmasons and others) were self-employed in 2010.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for brickmasons in the United States is expected to grow by 40 percent between 2010 and 2020. This growth is fueled by the population increase and the need for support buildings, such as schools and hospitals, along with older buildings needing repairs and replacements of brick sections. Repair and replacement of brick and stone is also quite popular in other parts of the world where brick and stonework have been in existence for centuries. Although the cost of brickwork is higher than other materials, brick buildings are still considered more sturdy and durable, so their popularity will remain intact.