The 10 States With The Highest Roofer Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 months ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do roofers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for roofers by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for roofers by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for roofers after this adjustment? That would be Roofers.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Illinois
  2. Missouri
  3. Minnesota
  4. Washington
  5. New York
  6. Michigan
  7. Indiana
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. New Jersey
  10. Kentucky

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for roofers from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $50740, so our index value would be:

$50,740 * (100 / 135.9) = $37,336

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for roofers.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Roofer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $65,401 $61,870 94.6
2 Missouri $57,688 $52,150 90.4
3 Minnesota $53,551 $53,980 100.8
4 Washington $50,903 $53,550 105.2
5 New York $50,015 $65,520 131.0
6 Michigan $49,269 $43,850 89.0
7 Indiana $49,150 $43,990 89.5
8 Pennsylvania $48,964 $49,650 101.4
9 New Jersey $48,293 $58,870 121.9
10 Kentucky $46,530 $42,110 90.5
11 Kansas $45,428 $40,840 89.9
12 Rhode Island $45,236 $54,600 120.7
13 Wisconsin $44,566 $43,140 96.8
14 North Dakota $44,336 $44,070 99.4
15 Ohio $43,965 $41,240 93.8
16 Connecticut $43,563 $55,630 127.7
17 Massachusetts $43,418 $57,920 133.4
18 Virginia $43,055 $43,400 100.8
19 Idaho $42,649 $39,280 92.1
20 Iowa $42,626 $38,790 91.0
21 Delaware $42,317 $42,910 101.4
22 Nevada $42,100 $43,490 103.3
23 Wyoming $42,047 $38,600 91.8
24 West Virginia $40,695 $38,010 93.4
25 Colorado $40,529 $42,070 103.8
26 Utah $40,387 $37,560 93.0
27 Georgia $40,251 $36,790 91.4
28 Alaska $39,328 $51,560 131.1
29 Arizona $39,173 $38,390 98.0
30 Texas $38,842 $35,230 90.7
31 Alabama $38,552 $35,160 91.2
32 Oklahoma $38,363 $34,220 89.2
33 Tennessee $38,288 $34,230 89.4
34 Montana $38,234 $38,540 100.8
35 North Carolina $37,955 $35,640 93.9
36 Mississippi $37,473 $32,190 85.9
37 California $37,336 $50,740 135.9
38 Arkansas $37,152 $32,360 87.1
39 Maryland $36,916 $46,330 125.5
40 Nebraska $36,451 $33,390 91.6
41 South Carolina $36,290 $36,000 99.2
42 Oregon $36,150 $41,790 115.6
43 Florida $35,503 $34,900 98.3
44 Louisiana $35,474 $33,630 94.8
45 Hawaii $34,645 $58,170 167.9
46 New Hampshire $33,008 $38,620 117.0
47 Maine $33,005 $36,570 110.8
48 New Mexico $32,652 $31,510 96.5
49 South Dakota $29,701 $30,800 103.7
50 Vermont $29,149 $35,300 121.1
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