Skilled Trade


 Average Hourly Wage


What You Need

  • 18 years old
  • Highschool Diploma or GED
  • 144 hours classroom hours per year
  • 8,000 hours on-the-job training

Job description

Glaziers prepare and install various types of glass, mirrors, windows, and aluminum doors.
Construction glaziers cut, fit, and install plate glass windows, mirrors, and specialty glass items in commercial and residential buildings. Some glass workers specialize in the fabrication, assembly, and installation of glass framing systems for storefronts including doors, architectural panels, and sealants. Hand and power tools are used.

Working conditions

Glaziers work indoors and outdoors. Construction glaziers often work on ladders, rigging, and scaffolding. The job requires bending, lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling. Periods of unemployment between jobs are common.

Length of apprenticeship

The construction glazier apprenticeship lasts four years. Apprentices must complete a minimum of 144 related classroom hours per year and 8,000 on-the-job training hours.

Minimum qualifications

Apprenticeship applicants must be at least 18 years of age. In addition, they must provide proof of high school graduation or general education development (GED) equivalent. Local apprenticeship committees may require additional qualifications.


Beginning apprentices start at about 40 percent of the journey-level wage. Upon successful completion of required class work and on-the-job hours, wages increase usually every six months, until the journey-level rate is achieved.

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