Roofers install and repair roofs on homes and businesses using asphalt, wood, metal, GRP, rubber, slate and tile. Though they most commonly manage low-slope, steep-slope and regular flat or “built-up” structures, a few handle the new “green” roofs that place vegetation and soil on top of waterproof layers. Roofer salaries vary according to employer and location.

Roofers made an average £15.64 per hour, or £30,412 per year, as of May 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The highest paid earned more than £22.78 per hour or £47,380 per year, though wages could fall below £8.51 per hour or £17686 per year. Roofers can learn their trade through a formal apprenticeship that takes three years and includes classroom instruction and paid on-the-job experience. Such programs require a minimum age of 18, a high school diploma and the physical ability to do the work. Others learn their skills informally, on the job, by starting as roofer’s helpers. These helpers earned a mean wage of £9.45 per hour, or £19,657 per year.

Jobs for roofers will increase by about 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, states the BLS, which is slightly faster than the average 14 percent predicted for all occupations. Because roofs deteriorate more quickly than other parts of a structure, they need to be replaced more often. Areas with severe storms require these professionals to repair damaged roofs. Areas with more building construction also offer opportunities. Employment is affected by the state of the economy. Good times mean more construction, which demands more workers.

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