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Working As A Roofer Helper

  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $59,908

    Average Salary

What Does A Roofer Helper Do

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

Duties

Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following:

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers
  • Assist craftworkers with their duties

Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals.

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers:

  • Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Roofers

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How To Become A Roofer Helper

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.

Education

Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.

Training

Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Advancement

Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Average Length of Employment
Roofer 2.4 years
Roofer Helper 2.0 years
Roofer Assistant 1.6 years
Helper 1.6 years
Driller Helper 1.6 years
Roofer Apprentice 1.5 years
Top Careers Before Roofer Helper
Cook 6.3%
Helper 5.4%
Installer 5.4%
Cashier 5.4%
Janitor 5.4%
Driver 5.4%
Top Careers After Roofer Helper
Driver 8.2%
Helper 7.5%
Prep Cook 6.0%
Cook 6.0%
Cashier 6.0%
Landscaper 5.2%
Carpenter 4.5%
Welder 4.5%
Roofer 4.5%
Grill Cook 4.5%
Stocker 3.7%
Technician 3.7%

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Roofer Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

92.0%

Female

6.3%

Unknown

1.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.6%

Hispanic or Latino

22.7%

Black or African American

12.3%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

100.0%

Roofer Helper Education

Schools

Baton Rouge Community College

6.9%

Lee College

6.9%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

6.9%

Southern Technical College

6.9%

Tidewater Community College

6.9%

Surry Community College

6.9%

Vincennes University

6.9%

Lincoln Land Community College

6.9%

Grand Canyon University

6.9%

Montgomery County Community College

3.4%

Capitol City Trade and Technical School

3.4%

ITT Technical Institute-Lexington

3.4%

Amarillo College

3.4%

University of Connecticut

3.4%

Everest Institute

3.4%

Oxnard College

3.4%

Shreveport Job Corps Center

3.4%

Ridley-Lowell Business and Technical Institute - Poughkeepsie

3.4%

Richland Community College

3.4%

Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

3.4%
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Majors

Business

14.9%

General Studies

14.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

6.0%

Precision Metal Working

6.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

6.0%

Music

4.5%

Electrical And Power Transmission Installers

4.5%

Construction Management

4.5%

Accounting

4.5%

Education

4.5%

Apparel And Textiles

3.0%

Psychology

3.0%

Information Sciences

3.0%

Project Management

3.0%

Computer Technical Support

3.0%

Industrial Technology

3.0%

Computer Science

3.0%

Aviation

3.0%

Graphic Design

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%
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Degrees

Other

61.6%

Bachelors

13.1%

Associate

10.1%

Certificate

9.1%

Diploma

5.1%

Masters

1.0%
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Real Roofer Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Roofer Helper AWR, Inc. Golden Valley, MN Apr 01, 2016 $35,646
Roofer Helper AWR, Inc. MN Apr 01, 2015 $33,955
Roofing Helper Tecta America-Dakotas Fargo, ND Apr 20, 2016 $31,430
Roofer Helper Lake Region Roofing, Inc. Devils Lake, ND Apr 01, 2016 $31,430
Helpers--Roofers Regency Roofing Companies Inc. Macedonia, OH Apr 01, 2016 $29,948
Roofer Helper Rustic Slate Roofing, LLC Solon, OH Apr 01, 2016 $29,948
Roofer Helper Rustic Slate Roofing LLC Solon, OH Apr 01, 2016 $29,948
Roofer Helpers Runyon and Sons Roofing, Inc. Mentor, OH Apr 01, 2016 $29,948
Roofing Helper D&M Roofing Company MN Apr 01, 2015 $29,781
Roofer Helper Dean Contracting Company, Inc. Kyle, TX Dec 15, 2016 $29,573
Roofer Helper Flynn Southwest, LP Commerce City, CO Apr 15, 2016 $29,197
Roofer Helper D & D Roofing, Inc. CO May 01, 2014 $29,114
Helpers--Roofers Hermitage Roofing Co., Inc. Ashland, VA Jul 16, 2014 $29,078
Roofer Helper D & D Roofing, Inc. CO Jun 01, 2013 $28,717
Roofer Helper DCH Enterprise Corp. IN Apr 01, 2015 $26,380
Roofer Helpers Kehrer Brothers CA Jan 08, 2014 $26,359
Roofers Helpers Cf Coward Roofing Uvalde, TX Nov 15, 2015 $26,275
Roofers Helpers Cf Coward Roofing Uvalde, TX Jan 25, 2016 $26,275
Roofers-Helpers Empire Roofing of Oklahoma, Inc. Tulsa, OK Dec 14, 2016 $26,234
Roofers-Helpers Empire Roofing, Inc. Tulsa, OK Dec 14, 2016 $26,234
Roofers-Helpers Empire Roofing, Inc. Tulsa, OK Oct 01, 2016 $26,234
Helpers Roofers Etheridge Roofing Inc. Greenville, NC Mar 14, 2016 $24,731
Roofer Helper Reyes Roofing TX Feb 01, 2015 $24,689
Roofer Helpers D7 Roofing LLC IL Apr 01, 2014 $24,501
Roofer Helpers Kehrer Brothers Construction, Inc. IL Apr 01, 2014 $24,501
Helper of Roofer Diversified Roofing Corporation Phoenix, AZ Feb 01, 2016 $24,481
Helper of Roofer Diversified Roofing Corporation Phoenix, AZ Oct 21, 2015 $24,481
Roofers-Helpers Empire Roofing, Inc. Pflugerville, TX Apr 01, 2016 $24,314
Roofer Helper Dean Contracting Company, Inc. Kyle, TX Dec 15, 2015 $24,314

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Top Skills for A Roofer Helper

  1. Nail Guns
  2. Unroll
  3. Tear
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  • Unload materials and tools from work trucks, and unroll roofing as directed.
  • Assist in tearing off old roofing materials and preparing roof for new materials to be installed.
  • Inspected composition shingles, slate shingles, and metal roofs for leaks.
  • Applied asphalt and/or tar and gravel to roofs, mops or pours hot asphalt or tar onto roof base.
  • Attach sheets of metal to roof boards or building frameworks when installing metal roofs.

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  3. Rhode Island
  4. Missouri
  5. Minnesota
  6. Nevada
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