Stonemasons create practical or beautiful (usually both) stone items that can last for centuries.
- Newly trained stonemasons can earn in the region of £19,000 - £22,000
- Trained with experience stonemasons can earn in the region of £22,000 - £31,000
- 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 and Training
There are no specific entry requirements for this course, but Maths, English and Design and Technology GCSEs at 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.
As an experienced stonemason you may choose to undertake a level 3 apprenticeship which would incorporate the diploma and NVQ qualification.
Construction apprenticeships with stonemason or building firms are a good way into a career. Apprenticeships include a training qualification known as a Diploma or technical certificate, a work-based qualification known as a SVQ/NVQ and basic English and Maths (Functional Skills, Essential Skills in Wales) to help you get on in the workplace. The training also covers employment responsibilities along with personal learning and thinking skills.
If you can’t find an apprenticeship, college courses such as Stonemasonry Level 2 Diploma are available but employers will still want you to have some on-site experience.
A level 3 Diploma generally follows on from the level 2 qualification and will provide you with enhanced stonemasonry skills as well as skills and knowledge to undertake a supervisory role.
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.