Cement Mason and Concrete Finisher

Career Overview

A cement mason is a person who creates and finishes surfaces of poured concrete including driveways, floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs.


A high school diploma or equivalent is likely necessary to obtain this position. Some learn this trade through a two to four-year apprenticeship program, while others learn this on the job.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$26,000 /yr
$39,000 /yr
$68,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Art
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Trade-related courses
Work Environment

The work is physically demanding because masons lift heavy materials and often must stand, kneel, and bend for long periods. Poor weather conditions may reduce work activity because masons usually work outdoors.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada