Glaziers install glass windows, skylights, storefronts and display cases, usually with the intent to create unique designs and reduce any need for artificial lighting. The work of a glazier is heavily physically demanding. Glaziers work mainly with glass and power tools, so they are prone to cuts and scrapes from those items. They also work high on ladders and scaffolding, so they are prone to trips and falls. A high school diploma or GED is usually required to become a glazier, and most serious candidates learn their trade from an apprenticeship program.
A Glazier can expect average salaries in a range of 32,000 to 48,000 depending on experience and domain knowledge. Glaziers can get an average salary of Forty Thousand Five Hundred dollars yearly.
Glaziers can get the highest pay in Illinois, where they can earn an average pay rate of approximately $56650. Employees in this career can receive the best compensation in Educational Services, where they can get wages of $57450.
As in many other construction trades, the work is physically demanding. Glaziers may experience cuts from tools and glass, and falls from ladders and scaffolding. Most work full time.
Most glaziers are trained on the job. They normally start their training by performing basic tasks like cleaning up in glass shops and carrying glass. While they perform these types of tasks, they get insight into how the business works, and are able to observe glaziers as they work.
These entry level training tasks normally last a few months. After initial training, trainees start practicing glass cuts on discarded glass. With time, they move onto more complicated projects and helping with the installation of windows.
Some glaziers also learn their trade through apprenticeships. Apprenticeships last three years, and require a minimum of 2,000 hours of on the job training each year, as well as 144 hours of technical training.
During an apprenticeship, apprentices learn how to operate the equipment and tools that they need to learn to perform their job. At the completion of the apprenticeship, they are considered journey workers who are capable of performing work on their own.
Connecticut requires that glaziers are licensed, but there are no licensing requirements in other states.