A mason's entry level salary ranges from P8,000 - P10,000 per month and may even go up to P13,000 per month for those highly-trained and experienced. In the Middle East, where a large number of OFWs are employed, the monthly salary for a Mason ranges from US$700 to $900.
Basic Educational Requirement
Masons get their education and training in various ways - in apprenticeship programs, informally on the job, and in tech/voc training institutions. In general, the more skills needed for the job, the more education and training are needed to qualify. Many entrants of this type of occupation have basic knowledge of masonry. However, most employers prefer to hire high school graduates and those who have undergone apprenticeship program and training under the supervision of TESDA and its accredited training schools.
Cost of Training *
The training cost for a Mason approximately ranges from P5,000 - P8,000 in technical and vocational institutions.
The demand for masons will be driven by construction and maintenance activities for places having building and repair of walls, arches, sewer, and other structures.
Masons may be employed in the following industries: Mining and Quarrying, Construction, Real Estate, Renting and Business Activities, and Other Community, Social and Personal Service Activities
Prospects for Career Advancement
Career advancement is dependent on pursuing additional training. Some Masons become supervisors for masonry contractors, others go into business themselves and eventually become owners of businesses employing many workers and may spend most of their time as managers rather than as masons. Others move into closely related areas such as construction management and building inspection.
Nature of Work
A Mason lays and binds building materials, such as brick, structural tile, concrete block, cinder block, glass block, and terra-cotta block, with mortar and other substances to construct or repair walls, arches, sewers, and other structures.
- Prepares site or surfaces for concrete or masonry work;
- Reads blueprints, and technical drawings;
- Builds or repairs structures in construction, or manufacturing setting;
- Applies grouting or other masonry adhesives; and
- Lays or installs brick, block, stone, tile, or related masonry material.
Skills and Competencies
- Ability to read and interpret blueprints and specifications;
- Good mechanical aptitude;
- Ability to use various hand or power tools used for measuring and extraction work;
- Ability to read and understand complex instructions; and
- Ability to do careful and exacting work;
- Close attention to details.
Physical Attributes and Characteristics
- Physically fit;
- Manual dexterity;
- Can work under pressure with less supervision; and
- Able to assess future problem with the construction.
* Based on 2011 rates.