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Stonemason

Stonemason working with chisel on sandstone block

A stonemason uses a range of stone, including sandstone, limestone, granite and marble, to construct new buildings and monuments and to restore old ones.

The Work

There are two types of specialist stonemasons – banker masons (who cut, shape and carve blocks of stone in a workshop) and fixer masons (who use the blocks of stone to construct and repair buildings).

As a banker mason you could be:

As a fixer mason you could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

There is a minimum hourly rate for apprentices in Scotland. The agreed rates for apprentices registered with Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) are as follows:

Year 1 – £6.40 an hour (all ages)
Year 2 – £7.02 an hour (18 years or below) to £11.44 (21 years or over)
Year 3 – £9.32 an hour (18 years or below) to £11.44 (21 years or over)
Year 4 – £11.32 an hour (18 years or below) to £11.44 (21 years or over)

(Rates effective from April 2024).

With experience your salary would rise to around £19,000 to £35,000 a year. Self-employed professionals earn more than those in full time employment.

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Getting In

Look for work with contractors, stonemasonry firms, monumental masons and with firms or organisations involved in restoring old, sometimes historic, buildings. Agencies such as Historic Environment Scotland or the National Trust for Scotland recruit apprentice stonemasons for various locations across Scotland. Apprenticeships last between 3 and 4 years. Check their websites for details.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
416
1 %
RISE
2029
420
  United Kingdom
2024
6784
5.2 %
RISE
2029
7137

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What Does it Take?

You need to have:

You need to be able to:

Training

Getting On

More Information

For more information please see the list of organisations below:

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

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