Career outlook for stonemason
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would use your manual skills to carve blocks of stone, or lay and fit stonework into place on building projects.
You would normally work as either a banker mason in a workshop, or a fixer mason on site. The skills needed for each overlap, but the focus of your job would be different.
As a banker mason you would:
- Follow design instructions
- Carve and shape stone
- give stone a textured or polished finish (known as dressing)
- Use hand and power tools
As a fixer mason, you would:
- Build walls
- Fit cladding using specialised materials and methods
- Repair stonework
In either specialism you might:
- Repair old buildings and monuments
- Carve or repair statues or headstones
- Make and fit stonework like window frames, archways and ornamental garden pieces
As the job is so varied, you would learn to work with many materials such as sandstone, limestone, slate, marble and granite.
It would be important to follow health and safety rules at all times.
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