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What Does it Take to Be a Roofer?

Job Description & Duties Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures.

A Day in the Life of a Roofer

  • Attach solar panels to existing roofs, according to specifications and without damaging roofing materials or the structural integrity of buildings.
  • Inspect problem roofs to determine the best repair procedures.
  • Cover exposed nailheads with roofing cement or caulking to prevent water leakage or rust.
  • Mop or pour hot asphalt or tar onto roof bases.
  • Cement or nail flashing strips of metal or shingle over joints to make them watertight.
  • Glaze top layers to make a smooth finish or embed gravel in the bitumen for rough surfaces.

What a Roofer Should Know

These are the skills Roofers say are the most useful in their careers:

Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Operation and Control: Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • Metal Roofer
  • Roofer Applicator
  • Commercial Roofer
  • Applicator
  • Roof Tile Layer

Job Demand for Roofers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 146,200 jobs in the United States for Roofer. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.1% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 16,200 new jobs for Roofer by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 16,500 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Roofer are Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Alaska, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Roofer Average Salary

The salary for Roofers ranges between about $25,540 and $66,510 a year.

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Roofers who work in Illinois, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, make the highest salaries.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Roofers in different U.S. states.

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $35,160
Alaska $51,560
Arizona $38,390
Arkansas $32,360
California $50,740
Colorado $42,070
Connecticut $55,630
Delaware $42,910
District of Columbia $44,570
Florida $34,900
Georgia $36,790
Hawaii $58,170
Idaho $39,280
Illinois $61,870
Indiana $43,990
Iowa $38,790
Kansas $40,840
Kentucky $42,110
Louisiana $33,630
Maine $36,570
Maryland $46,330
Massachusetts $57,920
Michigan $43,850
Minnesota $53,980
Mississippi $32,190
Missouri $52,150
Montana $38,540
Nebraska $33,390
Nevada $43,490
New Hampshire $38,620
New Jersey $58,870
New Mexico $31,510
New York $65,520
North Carolina $35,640
North Dakota $44,070
Ohio $41,240
Oklahoma $34,220
Oregon $41,790
Pennsylvania $49,650
Rhode Island $54,600
South Carolina $36,000
South Dakota $30,800
Tennessee $34,230
Texas $35,230
Utah $37,560
Vermont $35,300
Virginia $43,400
Washington $53,550
West Virginia $38,010
Wisconsin $43,140
Wyoming $38,600

Tools & Technologies Used by Roofers

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Roofers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Word processing software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Maintenance record software
  • Insight Direct ServiceCEO
  • Wintac Pro
  • Roof Pro Estimate Software Roof Pro
  • RoofLogic
  • AppliCad Roof Wizard
  • Ziatek RoofDraw
  • Energy cost evaluation software
  • Exele TopView
  • Humidity and vapor drive calculation software
  • Roofing Calculator
  • DigiTools Roof CAD

Becoming a Roofer

Education needed to be a Roofer:

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