$42,480 - $72,000



At a glance

Bricklayers interpret drawings and blueprints and work on commercial and residential projects. You work with materials like brick, block stone, concrete blocks, glass block, or terra cotta to build interior and exterior walls, partitions, fireplaces, chimneys, smokestacks, and other structures. They also lay brick, hollow tile, and concrete blocks for buildings or other structure.

Career Video(s)

Click below to watch this career in action!

Source: MCSC Trade Talk Series

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Construction contractors/companies
  • Self employed

Other conditions: seasonal, project based

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Bricklayer may be right for you!

  • Could you work with precision tools?
  • Do you have an eye for line, colour, and proportion?
  • Do you like working with your hands?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Bricklayer.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$42,480 - $72,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages,visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage Rate January 1, 2017 or after
Journeypersons $36.30
Specialty Labourer (Assisting Bricklayer) $25.65
Trainee 2 $20.50
Trainee 1 $15.40



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit


Program Length (Minimum Years)

3 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 600 hours L2: 1, 600 hours L3: 1, 600 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 9 weeks Y2: 8 weeks Y3: 6 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years’ experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

7, 200 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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