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Roofers replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings.
They have several responsibilities including:
Inspecting problems with roofs and planning solutions
Estimating materials and labor required to complete roofing jobs
Removing snow, water, and debris before starting work
Setting up scaffolding to provide safe access to roofs
Covering roofs of residential, commercial, and government buildings with shingles, slate, asphalt, and other materials.
Spraying roofs with materials to bind, seal, insulate, and soundproof structures
Installing solar panels to existing roofs without damaging the roof
In 1999, the Bureau of Labor Statistics recorded $29,870 as the average base salary. By 2019, the average base salary rose to $45,820. Wages grew by $15,950 (or $1,330 yearly) from 1999-2019. The estimated 2021 average base salary would be $48,478, using $1,330 as the average yearly income. If trends were to continue, by 2029, the average base salary would rise to $59,112. The lowest paying state, South Dakota, on average, pays roofers $31,360. The highest paying state, New York, on average, pays roofers $67,250.
The job market for roofers has risen since 1999. In 1999, there were 115,280 employed roofers. Roofers did suffer a lot during the great recession, losing over 25,000 jobs between 2007 and 2011. By 2019, the number of employed roofers increased to 129,690. From 1999 - 2019, there was a loss of 14,410 employed roofers. In 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted a 2% increase in roofers. By 2029, they are predicting 132,284 employed roofers.
According to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET):
26% have less than the high school diploma
49% have a high school diploma or equivalent
11% have a high school diploma with a certification