Roofer Salary


How Much Does a Roofer Make?

On average, a Roofer make $45,820 a year. The lowest-paid 10 percent made $26,540, while the top-paid 10 percent made $70,920.

Annually National Average Salary: $45,820

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* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS.



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Salary by State

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  • Monthly
  • Hourly

Annual Salary by State

State10% Annual25% AnnualAvg. Annual75% Annual90% Annual
Alabama$26,510$30,280$35,440$39,230$47,360
Alaska$29,340$42,230$60,510$76,160$83,040
Arizona$22,900$27,050$36,290$44,370$50,190
Arkansas$19,920$26,430$33,590$39,560$47,660
California$33,840$42,260$52,980$61,730$74,700
Colorado$31,050$35,600$44,460$52,240$61,910
Connecticut$35,730$44,670$60,850$77,340$91,550
Delaware$29,650$34,980$42,930$50,030$59,050
District of Columbia$33,810$37,210$50,160$60,340$69,030
Florida$23,000$28,010$37,140$45,540$53,870
Georgia$22,370$28,360$36,940$42,960$54,350
Hawaii$34,700$44,580$64,590$85,410$97,780
Idaho$23,250$30,120$36,650$43,240$50,850
Illinois$28,390$36,960$60,490$87,810$98,190
Indiana$27,280$33,170$43,550$55,330$62,840
Iowa$27,810$33,630$43,420$54,080$62,460
Kansas$28,240$33,290$42,280$48,940$61,600
Kentucky$28,250$33,180$43,010$51,200$62,990
Louisiana$23,070$30,240$37,370$45,050$50,760
Maine$27,140$30,520$38,740$45,500$52,650
Maryland$29,370$39,830$50,880$61,640$74,700
Massachusetts$34,220$42,110$57,640$67,420$94,110
Michigan$28,740$34,410$45,920$54,470$72,500
Minnesota$33,750$40,530$56,680$72,270$81,870
Mississippi$22,230$25,880$32,900$38,720$46,940
Missouri$28,200$36,070$51,040$65,290$80,750
Montana$29,810$33,320$41,390$46,190$57,740
Nebraska$21,060$27,370$34,290$38,980$45,970
Nevada$26,880$34,860$42,810$50,330$60,600
New Hampshire$28,380$33,230$39,990$47,010$51,810
New Jersey$34,850$43,710$63,450$82,010$96,360
New Mexico$26,500$29,330$33,830$37,980$43,090
New York$32,440$41,530$67,250$94,890$112,130
North Carolina$26,510$30,540$36,670$42,930$48,950
North Dakota$34,430$38,250$47,480$55,870$62,550
Ohio$27,830$33,780$42,340$51,350$60,930
Oklahoma$22,870$29,740$36,790$42,600$51,110
Oregon$27,260$33,320$45,200$56,080$72,060
Pennsylvania$31,500$36,450$49,850$57,570$75,600
Rhode Island$35,620$49,400$53,920$62,130$66,030
South Carolina$24,280$29,390$38,510$44,870$57,750
South Dakota$24,980$27,290$31,360$35,930$39,420
Tennessee$24,660$27,710$34,930$40,030$49,800
Texas$23,690$28,240$35,670$43,190$49,520
Utah$28,200$34,520$42,590$48,830$58,060
Vermont$28,700$32,600$38,310$42,450$49,780
Virginia$29,110$34,690$47,150$59,330$69,400
Washington$37,570$48,010$59,540$70,430$81,890
West Virginia$25,390$30,100$36,770$39,530$55,360
Wisconsin$32,090$37,230$47,210$57,350$64,560
Wyoming$28,110$32,820$40,030$45,860$58,850
Puerto Rico$16,870$18,390$26,800$34,600$37,880

Annual Average Salary: Top 5 States

The top earning state in the field is New York, where the average salary is $67,250.

These are the top 5 earning states in the field:

New York - $67,250
Hawaii - $64,590
New Jersey - $63,450
Connecticut - $60,850
Alaska - $60,510

Roofers: Salary Overview

Roofers install, repair, and replace roofs on buildings.

A roofer’s job description typically includes inspecting the roof to see if there are any problems, measuring roofs, replacing damaged or rotting parts, installing roof ventilation, and installing shingles and other materials to make the roof waterproof.

In order to improve your earning prospects, you should be able to use a wide range of tools, from roof cutters, pry bars, nail guns, electric staplers, spraying tools to hammers, and different kinds of saws.

Also, you need to be able to read a blueprint or a diagram and to make one when you calculate the quantities of materials needed for your roof project.

Knowing how to install photovoltaic products and other green technology rooftop applications may increase your earnings prospects.

As a roofer you need good communication and teamwork skills because it is not a job that you can do by yourself, you will always be part of a team.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for roofers was $42,100 as of May 2019, which means that half of the workers in this profession earned less than this amount and half earned more.

Salaries for roofers vary depending on a wide range of factors, including the roofer’s experience, skills, employer, and industry of employment.

The lowest 10 percent earned less than $26,540 a year while the top 10 percent made more than $70,920 per year.

The 25th percentile for this profession’s salary distribution is $31,330, which means that 75% of workers in this occupation earned more than this amount.

Roofer Salary by Industry

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, roofers held 160,600 jobs in the United States in 2018, most of them (72%) being employed by roofing contractors.

About 20% of roofers were self-employed and 3 percent worked for building constructors.

The average annual wage reported by roofers who worked for foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors was $42,720.

Roofers who worked in the industry of residential building construction earned, on average, $36,790 per year while those who were employed in the field of nonresidential building construction were paid, on average, with $52,440.

The average annual wage was $37,900 for roofers who worked in the field of employment services and $42,170 for those employed by building finishing contractors.

The highest average annual wage was reported by roofers who worked for local governments and by those employed by the federal executive branch.

Local governments paid roofers, on average, with $64,160 per year while the federal executive branch offered a mean average wage of $58,520 per year for this profession.

Salaries also vary depending on other factors, including the roofer’s experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the starting pay for apprentices is usually 50 percent of what journey workers make.

Your pay as an apprentice will also increase as you advance in your training.

Some roofers, especially entry-level employees, are paid an hourly rate.

The hourly rate also varies depending on the worker’s skills and experience.

Entry-level workers typically earn around $12 an hour and their total earnings depend on the number of hours they work.

Experienced workers may charge more than $30 per hour.

After earning a few years of experience you may apply for a certification offered by the National Roofing Contractors Association and specialize in a variety of roofing systems, such as asphalt shingles or thermoplastic systems.

This certification will prove to potential employers that you are an experienced, skilled worker and may help you advance in your career and increase your payment prospects.

Experienced roofers may advance as a supervisor, estimator, superintendent or they can start their own business.

As a business owner, their earnings will be directly influenced by their reputation, their technical skills but also communication skills and business abilities.

We should also mention that this is a physically demanding job and roofers have one of the highest rates of workplace injuries and one of the highest rates of occupational fatalities.

So this job can be quite dangerous and you will have to wear protective equipment and to follow very strict safety procedures.

According to a report published by payscale.com in July 2020, only 34 percent of all roofers had medical insurance and only 22 percent of them had dental insurance.

Also, as a roofer, you may face periods of unemployment during cold months when construction work slows down.

* Based on information from the May 2019 salary report from the BLS. The figures represent accumulated data for all states of employment for Roofers. BLS data represents averages and medians for workers at all levels of education and experience. This data doesn't represent starting salaries.

* Employment conditions in your area may vary.


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