August 10, 2023

Rise Above: Exploring a Career as a Roofer

In Arizona, where heat rises in the Valley and snow falls in the mountains, everyone deserves a roof over their head. As structures advance, so have the materials, skills, and techniques for building the roofs. From traditional thatched huts to the architectural wonders of today, roofing has come a long way in safeguarding the places we live, work, and sleep.

What do roofers do?

Roofers replace, repair, and install the roofs of buildings, using a variety of materials, including shingles, bitumen (asphalt), slate, spray foam, PVC, TPO, EPDM, and metal.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor outlines the work roofers do:

What different types of roofers are there?

There are four primary categories of roofing jobs available:

What hours do roofers work?

While schedules may vary by the type, location, and scope of their work, roofers generally work full-time during daylight hours. Nevertheless, factors such as time of year, location, and weather may affect this.

How much do roofers make?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for roofers in 2021 was $47,110. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,000, while the highest 10 percent earned more than $73,000. Apprentices start at about half that of a journeyman worker, but compensation can jump quickly as they gain experience and skills.

What is the job outlook for roofers?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that roofers held about 158,800 jobs in 2021, with the job outlook considered to be steady through 2031. Nearly 73% of roofers worked for licensed roofing contractors and 18% were self-employed.

What training do I need? How do I get started to become a roofer?

Most roofers start out as apprentices for a roofing contractor. Some contractors may require completion of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-compliant safety certification, either before or after being hired. Finally, some employers require roofers to have a driver’s license to enable commuting to different job sites.

If you’re considering a career as a roofer, here are some steps to get started:

A career as a roofer offers stability, good earning potential, and the opportunity to work in a hands-on field.

For a listing of roofing and other construction career opportunities, visit the Build Your Future Career Center.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation‘s Construction Workforce Initiative, Build Your Future Arizona’s mission is to create a sustainable and skilled craft workforce by creating awareness about high-paying construction careers, training opportunities and mapping career paths to employment in these high-demand occupations.