what is concrete work like

What is concrete work like


Have you ever wondered what concrete work is truly like? Or you may be wondering what to do when you grow up. I don’t know if I should recommend it, so I’ve written a little about it below.

Like with most construction work, working with concrete has many different work stages, from preparation work to finishing work. It can be from building forms and strengthening structures to pouring concrete and doing the finished surface.

Most of the time, working with concrete follows the same routines; only the places change. It might be a house built from concrete, a bridge, or balconies on buildings. Concrete structures are all around us, so in that sense, it’s a great career.

Concrete work

I’ve always liked concrete for its wide usability. Whole houses can be built from it; it is excellent as a material and a finished surface like stained and stamped concrete. Sometimes, I think of working with concrete as working with cement, as I’ve been building facades with mortar overlay, rendering balconies, and working on factories.

People could always work on doing only one thing, but I’ve liked the changing scenery and different places every few months. The downside is that not all areas are significant, but that’s the way of life. At least the location will change after a while.

When you work with concrete from start to finish, you notice how crucial good groundwork is. If you do it yourself, you will want it to be as painless a process as possible. So you prepare every step carefully.

I’ve also worked a fair deal on the renovation of concrete structures. It’s another kind of work altogether. What brings them together is attention to detail.

Everyone has their view of their job. It depends on the point of life you’re in. Your financial situation and the people you work with.

People who are later in their years might think the pay doesn’t match the work as they have family and such. Then again, you might think the same if you’re in debt. Third, the pay might suck.

I’ve encountered situations when I was hired as a subcontractor, and my pay has been higher than the company workers. I’m primarily open when asked about hourly rates, which has sometimes led to disappointments. Still, when you’re working as a subcontractor, the ones hiring are usually in deep need of workers, which helps with money negotiations.

Sometimes you have to work in awkward positions

How hard is concrete work?

It’s hard to estimate what someone thinks is hard and what is not. Some like physical jobs like I do, and others like finer things. First, we need to define what kind of work concrete work is. This is how it is for me; other types of concrete work exist.

When I think about groundwork, some machines and tools help. Excavators can dig holes for forms; you don’t have to touch the shovel much. Then again, sometimes you have to do without.

Those are the times I sometimes find hard. It will only be perfect if the weather is good and it’s heavy work. In the summer sun, it doesn’t feel so bad. Weather is the main thing for me when it comes to concrete work when living in a place with winter.

Then, we need to think about the physical side of the job as well. The heaviness of concrete work depends significantly on the amount you work with and the place. Carrying it up the stairs or lifting it a lot will take a little muscle.

You can mainly use tools like concrete pumps or something else. In that case, it will make the transfer more manageable and suitable for everyone. You will also learn fast how to mix concrete just right so you won’t have to remix it that often. The workability of concrete is critical to success; that’s why a slump test is done to know the density at the site.

If your work is to pour concrete, it might involve some pushing of the wheelbarrow, bending over the floor, screeding, and other small stuff, but it might be light. Working with concrete is often teamwork, so there is room for the willing.

Finally, finishing the concrete or mortar surface might need some eye for detail. Unfortunately, Not everyone has it, but there is room in the preparation stages. Most of it can be learned through.

Concrete work is only for some, as some forms of concrete work are dirty, and you would have to be willing to get a bit messy. Also, it would be best if you liked working outside most of the time. So, if you want to feel comfortable most of the time, concrete work might feel hard for you.

Concrete work salary

U.S. News reported that the median salary is around 45,000 in 2019. Concrete finisher’s average hourly pay is about $20. The top earners can make up to $36 an hour, making it around 75,000 a year. Some states have better pay than others; it’s an average.

Is it good or bad depends on the life situation, cost of living, and expectations. The average salary of U.S. workers was close to 50,000 a year in the first quarter of 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A lot also depends on where you live, as the cost of living increases the more metropolitan places you live in.

How much does concrete work cost?

Estimating concrete work costs is only possible by knowing what is involved. Is reinforcement needed? Is the groundwork done or suitable for work? What do contractors cost for an hour? Depending on the area, the contractor cost is up from $50/h. The cubic yard cost of ready-mixed concrete varies from $75 to over $100, depending on the place.

If you have a project coming, it is best to map local contractors and maybe request a quotation for all of it or work. Then, ask about concrete prices for the estimated amount and a little over it to avoid paying for the extra delivery.

Estimating concrete work that must be done well might save money and headaches. Unexpected misfortune or surprising factors always cost more than they should, as it could have been most likely avoided.


I hope this explains what concrete work is like. I know it’s hard work, but it’s an OK way to make a living for those who enjoy having a little sweat.

I’ve always liked that I get to meet all kinds of coworkers and customers. Some are fun to work with, and some are not, but the best fellows stick for years.