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Glazier Contractor (Commercial)

License required in 26 states

20th most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations

49th most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations

What They Do

Glazier contractors contract with clients to install glass in windows, skylights, store fronts and display cases, or on surfaces, such as building fronts, interior walls, ceilings and tabletops. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the glaziers who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.

Licensing

Twenty-six states license glazier contractors working on commercial properties. Twelve states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama and Mississippi require completion of three contracted jobs. Twelve states require no experience. On average, states require 581 days of education and experience, $366 in fees ($1,033 in Nevada), and about one exam. These high barriers give commercial glazier contractors the 20th most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.

License to Work

The data and information here come from IJ’s License to Work report, released in November 2017.

States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations

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Based on data released in November 2017

State Licensing Requirements

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Burden Rank State States Licensed Fees Estimated Calendar Days Lost Education Experience Exams Minimum Grade Minimum Age
1 Connecticut 26 $315 1825 5 years 2 0 0
2 Arkansas 26 $180 1825 5 years 1 0 0
3 California 26 $579 1460 4 years 3 0 18
4 Nevada 26 $1,033 1460 4 years 1 0 18
5 Hawaii 26 $615 1460 4 years 2 0 18
6 Florida 26 $364 1460 4 years 2 0 18
7 Oregon 26 $410 1463 16 clock hours 4 years 1 0 18
8 Arizona 26 $956 1095 3 years 2 0 18
9 Utah 26 $549 733 20 clock hours 2 years 2 0 0
10 Virginia 26 $320 731 8 clock hours 2 years 1 0 18
11 New Mexico 26 $249 730 2 years 1 0 18
12 South Carolina 26 $310 730 2 years 2 0 0
13 Mississippi 26 $640 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
14 Alabama 26 $492 67 3 jobs, contractors 2 0 0
15 Louisiana 26 $460 0 2 0 0
16 Rhode Island 26 $200 1 5 clock hours 0 0 18
17 North Dakota 26 $125 0 0 0 18
18 D C 26 $655 0 0 0 0
19 Tennessee 26 $305 0 1 0 0
20 North Carolina 26 $145 0 1 0 0
21 West Virginia 26 $132 0 1 0 0
22 Alaska 26 $300 0 0 0 0
23 Washington 26 $113 0 0 0 0
24 Iowa 26 $50 0 0 0 0
25 Idaho 26 $30 0 0 0 0
26 Nebraska 26 $0 0 0 0 0