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5 Highest-Paying States for Roofers

To net top dollar in the roofing industry, you should move to one of these states

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Looking Up

Roofing as an industry is sky-high right now. Part of the rosy view is due to excitement in green building: millions of photovoltaic solar panels will need to be installed in the coming decade. Also, a notable increase in severe weather has kept roofers very busy in the past couple of years, and that trend is expected to continue. No matter where you live, roofing is in good shape. But if you really want to maximize your earning potential, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the states calling your name.

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#5 Massachusetts

Roofers in the Bay State make an average mean salary of $57,920.

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#4 Hawaii

Roofers who make the move to paradise can expect an average mean salary of $58,170.

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#3 New Jersey

New Jerseyan roofers make a tidy average mean salary of $58,870.

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#2 Illinois

Roofers who labor in the Land of Lincoln can expect an average mean salary of $61,870.

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#1 New York

For roofing, the Empire State is where it’s at. The average mean salary for knickerbocker roofers is $65,520.

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The Outlook from On High: Very Sunny

Employment of roofers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. That’s a big shift from just a few years ago, when the industry experienced negative growth for a years-long stretch starting in 2004. If there’s a stormcloud on the horizon, it’s the same one affecting the entire construction industry: lack of qualified labor.

About the author

Alyssa Ford is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer. Her work has appeared in the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home, Experience Life and many other titles.

Alyssa Ford
Alyssa Ford is a long-time freelance journalist in Minneapolis. Her published credits include the Star Tribune, Utne Reader, Crain's,, Minnesota Monthly, Midwest Home, Experience Life, Artful Living, Momentum, Minnesota, and many others. She is a past president of the Minnesota Society of Professional Journalists.