Waterproofing Technicians (Foundation and Basement)

Career Snapshot

If you work in the construction industry as a Waterproofing Technician, you likely install waterproofing systems in construction in both residential and commercial settings, including apply waterproofing techniques to areas that are below ground level, above ground level and wet areas.

Job Details

Waterproofing Technicians typically do the following:

  • Polyurethane crack injection
  • Epoxy crack injection
  • Interior perimeter drain system installation
  • Hand excavation and waterproofing
  • Sump pump installation
  • Window well installation
  • Use appropriate power tools to complete work

Education and Experience

Most Waterproofing Techs learn on the job through an apprenticeship. Some also attend vocational-technical school. Some states and some localities may require such workers to be licensed.

Career Outlook

  • Annual pay: Entry level Waterproofing Tech (1-3 years of experience) earns an average salary of $34,000. A senior level Waterproofing Tech (8+ years of experience) earns an average salary of $55,445
  • Employment of Waterproofing Techs is projected to grow 15-19% percent from 2018 to 2028
  • Entry-level education: High school diploma or equivalent

Career Growth Opportunity

After gaining experience, Waterproofing Techs may advance to become a supervisor or a manager, a position in which they have more responsibilities and are tasked with directing other workers in the field.

Professional Associations

  • Waterproofing Contractor Association - WCA is a trade association dedicated to advancing the science of preventing leaks. The membership reads as a “who’s who” in waterproofing expertise.
  • Basement Waterproofing Association - The BWA and its members are committed to upholding a code of conduct for ethical behavior and professional service.
  • Home Builders Institute - This organization’s mission is to advance and provide education, career development, training and placement of men and women serving the building industry.
  • Sealant Waterproofing & Restoration Institute - SWR Institute is a resource for education and fellowship by providing a collaborative environment for its members and the industry they represent.
  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. - ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
  • National Association of Home Builders  - NAHB represents the largest network of craftsmen, innovators and problem solvers dedicated to building and enriching communities operating at the local, state and national levels.
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) - This mission of this organization is to build a safe, productive and sustainable workforce of craft professionals.  Their vision is to be universally recognized by industry and government as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for construction and maintenance craft professionals.
  • The Associated General Contractors of America - The Associated General Contractors of America works to ensure the continued success of the commercial construction industry by advocating for federal, state and local measures that support the industry.
  • National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies - Search here for NASCLA accredited electrical examination programs.