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Working As A Roofer

  • 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

  • $31,910

    Average Salary

What Does A Roofer 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

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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Roofer Typical Career Paths

Average Length of Employment
Roof Foreman 4.9 years
Tile Roofer 3.7 years
Sheet Metal Roofer 3.3 years
Residential Roofer 3.1 years
Shingles Roofer 2.8 years
Industrial Roofer 2.7 years
Commercial Roofer 2.4 years
Roofer Applicator 2.4 years
Metal Roofer 2.2 years
Hot Tar Roofer 2.0 years
Roofer 2.0 years
Roofer Helper 1.7 years
Roofer Apprentice 1.5 years
Roofer Assistant 1.5 years
Gravel Roofer 0.8 years
Top Employers Before
Cook 9.0%
Cashier 9.0%
Carpenter 5.0%
Painter 5.0%
Welder 4.1%
Prep Cook 4.1%
Landscaper 3.7%
Stocker 3.6%
Driver 3.1%
Server 3.0%
Top Employers After
Carpenter 7.0%
Cook 6.9%
Welder 6.6%
Driver 5.4%
Painter 5.2%
Cashier 4.2%
Technician 4.1%
Operator 3.8%
Prep Cook 3.1%
Assembler 3.1%

Roofer Demographics

Gender

Male

93.6%

Female

5.4%

Unknown

0.9%
Ethnicity

White

80.6%

Hispanic or Latino

11.7%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

1.3%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

76.0%

Chinese

3.0%

Dakota

3.0%

Polish

3.0%

German

2.0%

French

2.0%

Russian

2.0%

Mandarin

2.0%

Swedish

1.0%

Dutch

1.0%

Japanese

1.0%

Lakota

1.0%

Mongolian

1.0%

Cebuano

1.0%

Italian

1.0%
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Roofer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

Kirkwood Community College

7.2%

Lake Land College

7.2%

Grand Rapids Community College

5.7%

Vincennes University

5.2%

Utah Valley University

5.2%

Kaplan University

5.2%

El Paso Community College

4.6%

Chippewa Valley Technical College

4.6%

Western Technical College

4.6%

Hutchinson Community College

4.1%

Northern Michigan University

4.1%

Utah State University

4.1%

Spokane Community College

3.6%

Lincoln Land Community College

3.6%

Fox Valley Technical College

3.6%

Joliet Junior College

3.6%

Moraine Park Technical College

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.6%

Owens Community College

3.1%
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Majors

Business

18.9%

General Studies

10.3%

Precision Metal Working

9.0%

Automotive Technology

8.3%

Criminal Justice

7.9%

Computer Science

4.7%

Construction Management

4.6%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.3%

Education

3.5%

Psychology

3.1%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Graphic Design

2.9%

Accounting

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.7%

Information Technology

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Biology

2.2%

Drafting And Design

2.1%

Engineering

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

53.4%

Bachelors

16.6%

Associate

15.9%

Certificate

9.5%

Diploma

2.5%

Masters

1.7%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Real Roofer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Roofer PTS General Construction LLC Inwood, NY Aug 21, 2015 $62,754
Roofer James R. Walls Contracting, Inc. Clinton, MD Sep 19, 2016 $57,179
Roofer Village Roofing & Siding Co. Newtown, PA Oct 11, 2016 $56,576
Roofer Werkheiser Home Maintenance, Inc. Mamaroneck, NY Mar 21, 2016 $54,434
Roofer Vision Team Construction Inc. IL Apr 02, 2016 $54,371
Roofer Janiec Roofing, Inc. Lodi, NJ Mar 03, 2016 $52,437
Roofer Janiec Roofing, Inc. Lodi, NJ Sep 03, 2015 $52,437
Roofer Nash Roofing, Inc. Fredericksburg, VA Aug 31, 2016 $49,712
Roofer DGPM DBA Skyline Roofing San Marcos, CA Dec 30, 2016 $49,587
Roofer PERC Insulation Sales Inc. Branchville, NJ Nov 23, 2015 $46,592
Roofer Meade Construction, Inc. Mansfield, OH Nov 30, 2016 $46,311
Roofers All State Contractor Inc. Centreville, VA Mar 05, 2014 $46,000
Roofer James R. Walls Contracting, Inc. Clinton, MD Jan 15, 2016 $45,947
Roofers Top Quality Contractor Co. Laurel, MD May 06, 2014 $45,115
Roofer Laborer Avalanche Construction LLC CO Mar 01, 2014 $38,296
Roofers Kehrer Brothers CA Feb 04, 2014 $38,088
Roofers Kehrer Brothers CA Jan 01, 2014 $38,088
Roofers White Castle Roofing and Contracting, Inc. NE Mar 03, 2014 $37,190
Roofer/Laborer Top Gun Roofing, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Dec 12, 2016 $36,836 -
$52,175
Roofer/Laborer Top Gun Roofing, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Sep 14, 2016 $36,836 -
$52,175
Roofer DT Chastain, Inc. GA Mar 04, 2014 $36,126
Roofer D & D Roofing, Inc. CO Jun 01, 2013 $35,729
Roofers Roof USA Brooksville, FL Jul 02, 2014 $31,827
Roofer DT Chastain, Inc. GA May 17, 2013 $31,430
Roofers South Central Roofing, Inc. Columbus, IN Nov 29, 2013 $31,305 -
$52,175
Roofers South Central Roofing, Inc. Columbus, IN Mar 11, 2013 $31,305 -
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Top Skills for A Roofer

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Top Roofer Skills

  1. Safety Equipment
  2. New Roof
  3. OLD Roof
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Gather all tools and safety equipment used, climb ladder or scaffolding to top of roof.
  • Determined the materials required for roof repairs, flashing repairs, and the installation of new roofs.
  • Removed old roofs, installed roof insulation and performed repairs as indicated to leaking roofs.
  • Interact and communicate with customers at job sites.
  • Replace rotten wood and replace old shingles.

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