Plasterers’ & Cement Masons’ Careers

Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson plasterer and mason (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn as much as $40.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of operative plasterers and cement masons workers is projected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes and other buildings.

Both Plasterers and Cement Masons have multiple specialty fields and niche markets which are essential to maintaining the variety and quality of construction projects throughout North America.

OPCMIA Plasterers apply various plaster products in a wide range of uses. They use varied forms of this product in the walls and ceiling industry. Plasterers also install spray fireproofing on structural steel. Cement Masons place and finish concrete in numerous applications in building construction, highways and our nation’s infrastructure.  These crafts require a well-trained and skilled workforce.

Cement based building materials have long stood the test of time. From the ancient Pyramids of Egypt to the Hoover Dam and the national highway system.  It has been adapted to create some of the most iconic faux structures in the world at theme parks such as Disney and a multitude of rock formations throughout tourist destination and shopping areas worldwide. Decorative Plaster applications were used at the Palace of Versailles.  Cement based products such as plaster and concrete have been here for centuries and will continue to be important in building the future.

Career Training in the Plaster and Cement Mason Crafts

The OPCMIA operates a host of training programs that open doors of opportunity to fulfilling careers in our crafts for aspiring workers — and that guarantees the most skilled, safest, most productive workers in the world to contractors.

If you’re looking for a career in a skilled trade with good wages and benefits and lifelong work in a fulfilling profession, you can earn as you learn to be a plasterer or cement mason through the OPCMIA International Training Fund’s Apprenticeship Program and countless local Apprenticeship Programs.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for operative plasterers and cement masons is run through the Operative Plasterers’ and Cement Masons’ International Association and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.