Bricklayers

Bricklayers

NOC
7281

Lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone and similar materials to construct or repair walls, chimneys, fireplaces and other structures.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

32
 

Median Hourly Wage

$26.00
$18.00
Low
$45.45
High

Median Salary

$28,552
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

288
 

% Working Full Time

88%
 

% Working Full Year

30%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Bricklayers lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone and other similar materials to construct or repair walls, arches, chimneys, fireplaces and other structures in accordance with blueprints and specifications. They are employed by construction companies and bricklaying contractors or they may be self-employed.

Main Duties

Bricklayers perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Read sketches and blueprints to calculate materials required
  • Cut and trim bricks and concrete blocks to specification using hand and power tools
  • Prepare and lay bricks, concrete blocks, stone, structural tiles and similar materials to construct or repair walls, foundations and other structures in residential, industrial and commercial construction
  • Lay bricks or other masonry units to build residential or commercial chimneys and fireplaces
  • Lay radial bricks to build masonry shells of industrial chimneys
  • Lay or install firebricks to line industrial chimneys and smokestacks
  • Line or reline furnaces, kilns, boilers and similar installations using refractory or acid-resistant bricks, refractory concretes, plastic refractories and other materials
  • Lay bricks, stone or similar materials to provide veneer facing to walls or other surfaces
  • Construct and install prefabricated masonry units
  • Lay bricks or other masonry units to build patios, garden walls and other decorative installations
  • May restore, clean or paint existing masonry structures.

Also Known As

  • apprentice bricklayer
  • bricklayer
  • brickmason
  • refractory bricklayer
  • stonecutter
  • stonemason
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship program or A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and some high school, college or industry courses in bricklaying is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for bricklayers is compulsory in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec and available, but voluntary, in all other provinces and the Yukon.
  • Trade certification for stonemasons is available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Trade certification for restoration stone masons is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified bricklayers upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

2.5%
Female
97.5%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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7.8%
15-24
25.5%
25-34
11.8%
35-44
27.5%
45-54
27.5%
55-64
0.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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17.7%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
15.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
37.3%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
29.4%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
0.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

70.4%
Construction
13.0%
Manufacturing
5.6%
Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services
11.1%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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21.60%
Northeast
29.40%
Southeast
25.50%
Southwest
19.60%
Central
3.90%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$28,604
Northeast
$36,655
Southeast
$40,140
Southwest
$40,402
Central
N/A
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$30.50
$18.50
Low
$45.69
High
No Data Available

Central

$26.00
$16.00
Low
$43.73
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$28,552

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$55,108

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$28,552

Newfoundland

$38,244

Prince Edward Island

$32,049

Nova Scotia

$28,768

Canada

$35,586
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

32
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-7
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

38
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

117
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-2
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

119