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Plasterers and Stucco Masons

Plasterers and Stucco Masons
Quick Facts : Plasterers and Stucco Masons*
2010 Median Pay$37,210
Entry Level EducationLess than high school
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201227,900
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change4,800

Plasterers and stucco masons apply coats of plaster or stucco to walls, ceilings, or partitions for functional and decorative purposes. Stucco masons usually apply stucco?a mixture of cement, lime, and sand?on building exteriors over wire lath, concrete, or masonry. Plasterers and stucco masons may also work on ladders or scaffolding, occasionally up high. Workers usually wear protective masks, goggles, and gloves to reduce the effects of these problems.

What Plasterers and Stucco Masons Do

  • Nail a wire mesh to the surface to ensure the plaster or stucco stays in place
  • Apply two or three coats of plaster or stucco using trowels, brushes, or spray guns
  • Rough the undercoat surface with a scratcher so the finish coat will stick
  • Create decorative textures using brushes, trowels, sand, or stones
  • Apply sealants or waxes to protect the finish and allow for easy cleaning

Work Environment

Like many other construction trades, the work of plasterers and stucco masons is physically demanding. They spend most of the day on their feet, either standing, bending, or stretching. They work indoors and outdoors—applying plaster to interior walls and stucco to exterior walls.
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Job Outlook

Employment of plasterers and stucco masons is projected to grow 17 percent from 2010 to 2020, but because plasterers and stucco masons are part of a niche market, overall employment growth will be somewhat limited.
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The average salary of plasterers and stucco masons was $37,210 in May 2010.
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Becoming a Plasterers and Stucco Masons

Few plasterers and stucco masons learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship and usually acquire their skills through long-term on-the-job training after being hired. Workers typically gain experience by doing jobs under the guidance of experienced workers.
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