How Much Do Roofers Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Roofers 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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$47010 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$27,220 to $33,810 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $16 per hour

Entry-level Roofers with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $27,220 to $33,810 per year or $13 to $16 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Roofers to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $35 $72,100
Senior (Top 25%) $27 $56,860
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,580
Junior (Bottom 25%) $16 $33,810
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $27,220

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
NY $32 $66,400
NJ $31 $63,460
WA $30 $62,280
HI $30 $62,050
CT $29 $60,830
IL $29 $60,470
MN $28 $58,860
MA $28 $58,260
AK $28 $57,640
MO $27 $55,490

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Roofer is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like NY doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at NY might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Roofers are in the states of NY, NJ, WA, HI and CT.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Local Government $66210 $31.83
Federal Executive Branch $63390 $30.48
Building Equipment Contractors $53610 $25.78
Elementary and Secondary Schools $53480 $25.71
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $52890 $25.43
Nonresidential Building Construction $48540 $23.34
Building Finishing Contractors $47860 $23.01
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors $47080 $22.63
Residential Building Construction $45890 $22.06
Real Estate $42850 $20.60
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing $42410 $20.39
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $42100 $20.24
Employment Services $41650 $20.02
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $40170 $19.31
Other Wood Product Manufacturing $35580 $17.11
Building Material and Supplies Dealers $32940 $15.84

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