Stonemasons create practical or beautiful (usually both) stone items that can last for centuries.
The Role
  • Repairing old buildings and monuments
  • Working from height
  • Use technical drawings
  • Making and fitting stonework like window frames and archways
  • Work with a range of hand tools
  • Working to a high specification
  • Work with different materials including slate, sandstone and limestone
  • Work with specialist historical teams
  • Being creative and a good problem solver
  • Depending on the type of mason the work can be indoors or outdoors and can be at height.
  • The work can be physically demanding as it would involve lifting and carrying heavy materials and equipment.
  • The working week is approximately 39 hours a week, with occasional overtime to meet deadlines
  • Newly trained stonemasons can earn in the region of £19,000 - £25,000
  • Trained with experience stonemasons can earn in the region of £25,000 - £35,000
  • Senior or master craft stonemasons can earn higher salaries
Your construction salary will typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Salaries and career options improve with chartered/master status.
Qualifications & Training
There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but Maths, English and Design and Technology GCSEs at 4 (C) or above are useful to have. In Scotland, Standard Grades/Scottish Nationals and in Wales, the Welsh Baccalaureate or WJEC in Construction are equivalents. You could start your career as an apprentice stonemason, or you could start as a bricklayer and then specialise in stonemasonry. As an experienced stonemason you may choose to undertake a level 3 apprenticeship which would incorporate the diploma and NVQ qualification. To search for apprenticeship vacancies in your area, visit the government's vacancy matching site, or in Wales, Careers Wales. For more details on this occupation in Scotland, visit My World of Work.