Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

47-2181 Roofers

Cover roofs of structures with shingles, slate, asphalt, aluminum, wood, or related materials. May spray roofs, sidings, and walls with material to bind, seal, insulate, or soundproof sections of structures.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
121,170 1.8 % $20.57 $42,780 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.31 $15.06 $18.74 $24.49 $31.18
Annual Wage (2) $25,590 $31,330 $38,970 $50,940 $64,860


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 110,840 12.61 $20.54 $42,720
Residential Building Construction 2,680 0.36 $17.69 $36,790
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,890 0.24 $25.21 $52,440
Employment Services 1,720 0.05 $18.22 $37,900
Building Finishing Contractors 1,410 0.18 $20.27 $42,170

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors 110,840 12.61 $20.54 $42,720
Residential Building Construction 2,680 0.36 $17.69 $36,790
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,890 0.24 $25.21 $52,440
Building Finishing Contractors 1,410 0.18 $20.27 $42,170
Other Wood Product Manufacturing 240 0.10 $16.19 $33,670

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 250 (7) $30.84 $64,160
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 50 (7) $28.14 $58,520
Real Estate 70 (7) $27.77 $57,750
Nonresidential Building Construction 1,890 0.24 $25.21 $52,440
Building Equipment Contractors 950 0.05 $24.06 $50,050


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 17,860 2.12 2.50 $16.59 $34,510
California 16,720 1.00 1.18 $24.52 $50,990
Texas 7,910 0.67 0.78 $16.59 $34,510
Illinois 4,730 0.80 0.94 $28.28 $58,820
New York 4,460 0.48 0.57 $28.94 $60,190




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Florida 17,860 2.12 2.50 $16.59 $34,510
Oregon 3,010 1.64 1.93 $19.70 $40,980
New Mexico 1,300 1.62 1.91 $15.07 $31,350
Utah 2,170 1.54 1.81 $17.76 $36,930
Hawaii 960 1.52 1.79 $25.53 $53,100




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,460 0.48 0.57 $28.94 $60,190
Illinois 4,730 0.80 0.94 $28.28 $58,820
Minnesota 2,210 0.78 0.92 $27.71 $57,640
Massachusetts 1,800 0.51 0.60 $27.09 $56,340
New Jersey 1,570 0.39 0.46 $27.05 $56,270



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Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,730 0.75 0.88 $31.62 $65,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,710 1.37 1.61 $18.46 $38,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,690 0.61 0.71 $26.09 $54,260
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 2,680 2.09 2.46 $16.30 $33,900
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,240 0.90 1.06 $17.27 $35,930
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 2,130 1.76 2.08 $16.32 $33,950
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,040 1.77 2.08 $21.76 $45,260
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.30 0.35 $30.50 $63,450
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,010 1.25 1.47 $25.87 $53,810
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,850 0.71 0.83 $19.59 $40,750


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Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Morristown, TN 230 5.47 6.43 $12.84 $26,700
Longview, WA 200 5.34 6.29 $22.45 $46,700
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 1,210 4.67 5.49 $17.26 $35,910
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 1,340 4.62 5.44 $15.53 $32,300
Homosassa Springs, FL 150 4.59 5.40 $18.89 $39,290
Elmira, NY 150 4.40 5.17 $19.11 $39,760
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 210 4.18 4.92 $20.59 $42,830
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 790 4.14 4.87 $15.25 $31,730
Port St. Lucie, FL 510 3.63 4.27 $17.95 $37,330
Greeley, CO 300 3.05 3.58 $20.71 $43,090


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Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Metropolitan Division 750 0.58 0.68 $42.77 $88,950
Worcester, MA-CT 450 1.58 1.86 $33.51 $69,690
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,730 0.75 0.88 $31.62 $65,770
New Haven, CT 160 0.57 0.67 $30.75 $63,970
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 190 1.43 1.68 $30.63 $63,710
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,020 0.30 0.35 $30.50 $63,450
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,430 0.74 0.87 $30.28 $62,980
Camden, NJ Metropolitan Division 150 0.29 0.34 $30.03 $62,470
Trenton, NJ 120 0.52 0.61 $29.97 $62,330
Champaign-Urbana, IL 110 1.14 1.34 $29.92 $62,240

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Northeastern Ohio non-metropolitan area (non-contiguous) 470 1.42 1.67 $16.59 $34,510
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 400 3.41 4.02 $20.82 $43,310
Northwest Illinois nonmetropolitan area 250 1.82 2.14 $17.11 $35,590
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 210 1.03 1.21 $22.01 $45,780
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.05 1.24 $22.58 $46,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 400 3.41 4.02 $20.82 $43,310
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 90 2.82 3.32 $13.07 $27,180
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 170 2.25 2.65 (8) (8)
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.87 2.20 $17.91 $37,250
Upper Savannah South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 140 1.86 2.18 $18.49 $38,470

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.67 1.96 $28.34 $58,940
Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 80 0.51 0.60 $24.88 $51,750
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 50 1.19 1.40 $24.79 $51,570
Western Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.74 $49,390
Southern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 200 1.05 1.24 $22.58 $46,960


About May 2017 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan