Concrete finishers and cement masons pour, smooth, and finish concrete floors, sidewalks, roads, and curbs. They use a variety of hand and power tools.
Average Hourly Earnings
No formal education and moderate on-the-job training
- Set forms that hold concrete in place
- Install reinforcing rebar or mesh wire to strengthen the concrete
- Signal truck drivers and move chute to help pour concrete into forms
- Spread, level, and smooth concrete, using a trowel, float, or screed
- Mold expansion joints and edges
- Monitor curing (hardening) to make sure the cement's finish is durable, smooth, and uniform
- Grind and polish surfaces for a smooth, lustrous look
- Apply sealants or waterproofing to protect concrete
The work is fast-paced and strenuous. Because most of the work is done at floor level, workers often must bend and kneel. It may be indoor or outdoor in areas that are muddy, dusty, or dirty. Most cement masons are employed full-time and many can set their own schedule. Hours may vary for reasons such as weather conditions, construction deadlines, or coordination with other work activities.
Enterprising. Usually requires starting up and carrying out projects. Often involve leading people and making many decisions.