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Glaziers in California

May also be called: Glass Glaziers; Glazier Apprentices; Stained Glass Glaziers; Window Glaziers

What Would I Do?

Glass serves many uses in modern life. Glaziers select, cut, assemble, install, remove, replace all kinds of glass, and perform a variety of related tasks. In a shop setting, Glaziers build metal sashes and moldings using aluminum or steel framing. At a construction site, Glaziers attach the formed metal moldings to the building. Then, they finish by fitting in the glass and, if necessary, attaching face moldings, weather seals, hardware, and adjusting door or window operation.

Glaziers often work outdoors. They may install glass in commercial buildings working from scaffolding or working inside. Glaziers may work in glass shops or factories where glass is cut and mounted in frames to be installed at the job site. They do a considerable amount of bending, kneeling, lifting, and standing. Most Glaziers work 40 hours a week.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Glazier may appeal to those who enjoy working independently and outdoors performing physical activities.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2017 for Glaziers in California was $55,359 annually, or $26.62 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Fringe benefits may include life and health insurance, holidays, vacations, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

The demand for Glaziers depends on the demand for new housing in California – as residential construction begins to grow, so will jobs for Glaziers. The necessity for window repairs and a growing desire for energy efficient windows will affect the need for Glaziers in the coming years.

How Do I Qualify?

Glaziers may start by obtaining a job with a contractor who then provides on-the-job training and may send the employee to a trade or vocational school or community college to receive further classroom training. Completion of a three- to four-year apprenticeship is another way to become a Glazier.

Finding a Job

Candidates for training or apprenticeship programs should apply to a local union for Glaziers. Direct application to employers is an effective job search method for journey-level Glaziers. Job seekers can apply directly to construction companies, retail glass outlets, or large glass manufacturing firms. Union members can contact their local union for job referrals. Professional associations, the Internet, and newspapers may provide job leads as well. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at and CalJOBSSM at

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