Plasterers and Stucco Masons


DESCRIPTION

Plasterers and stucco masons apply interior or exterior plaster, cement, stucco, or similar materials. May also set ornamental plaster.

WHAT YOU'LL DO

  • Cover surfaces such as windows, doors, or sidewalks to protect from splashing. 
  • Mix mortar and plaster to desired consistency or direct workers who perform mixing. 
  • Apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions of buildings, using trowels, brushes, or spray guns. 
  • Set up scaffolds.

SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED 

  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
  • Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

  • Edgers — Corner tools; Inside step tools; Ornamental cut and shape tools; Outside step tools 
  • Ladders — Stilts 
  • Paint sprayers — Plaster spraying machines; Spray guns 
  • Putty knives — Joint knives 
  • Trowels — Featheredgers; Hand trowels; Power trowels; Scratcher trowels

AT A GLANCE

AVERAGE ANNUAL WAGE

The average annual wage is $35,650 or $17.14/hour.

SALARY RANGE

Annual salaries range betweeen $27,570 and $54,540.

JOB OPENINGS (THROUGH 2024)

70

DEMAND (THROUGH 2026)

★✩✩✩ Moderate

EDUCATION & TRAINING REQUIRED

On average, 68% had a less than a high school diploma or equivalent. Some of these occupations may require a high school diploma or GED certificate. Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few days to a few months of training.