Restoration Mason Wages South Carolina
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vamtncat



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 9:11 am    Post subject: Restoration Mason Wages South Carolina Reply with quote

Hello All!

I'm looking for some help regarding a restoration mason's wages in the Charleston SC area. My Husband is in early talks with a restoration/preservation company and they are getting close to talking about the $$ issue.

Can anyone give me an idea what is considered average for this area? We don't want to price ourselves out of the ballpark but also don't want to leave too much $$ on the table.

We are planning to relocate our family to the Charleston area and just don't have the local contacts YET to find this info.

My husband is a 4th generation Master Mason with 30+ years of experience in restoration and new construction of residential and commercial.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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johnleeke
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try talking with the good folks at the American College of the Building Arts, right there in Charleston.

Take one of the stone carvers or brick masons out to lunch, I expect they'd fill you in.

Simeon Warren, stone carver

Frank Genello, masonry

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much John! We're not in Charleston YET so lunch might be a problem but I have already emailed Professor Genello and am hoping to hear from him soon. Will do the same for the Stone Carver. Just out of curiosity, what are restoration masons commanding in your area?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When talking about "wages" you get when working for a contractor (not to be confused with "prices" when working as an independent subcontractor for a contractor or a building owner), one also has to consider the knowledge level of the worker and the production rate. Here in northern New England line masons at the trades level of knowledge seem to get $15-25 in rural areas and $25-35 in the city and along the coast.

At the crafts level it might be 50% more, at the artisan level 100% more.

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vamtncat



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Again John! You've been a great help.
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