The median annual wage of cement masons and terrazzo workers was $35,530 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.
The median annual wage of cement masons was $35,450 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,130, and the top 10 percent earned more than $63,400.
The median annual wage of terrazzo workers was $38,720 in May 2010. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,190, and the top 10 percent earned more than $63,650.
The starting pay for apprentices usually is between 30 percent and 50 percent of what fully trained workers make. Apprentices receive pay increases as they gain more skill.
Most cement masons and terrazzo workers are employed full time. About 6 percent are self-employed, many of whom have the ability to set their own schedule. Because many jobs are outdoors, work generally stops in wet or cold weather. Hours may vary for other reasons, such as construction deadlines or coordination with other work activities.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition