Roofer Careers

Roofers can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson roofer and waterproofer (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn anywhere from $20.00 to $30.00 an hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of roofers and waterproofers is projected to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Most of the demand for roofers will stem from roof replacement needs and high job turnover.

Roofers and waterproofers replace, repair and install the roofs and waterproofing systems of buildings using a variety of materials, including shingles, bitumen and metal.

Roofing and waterproofing work can be physically demanding. It involves heavy lifting, as well as climbing, bending and kneeling, frequently in very hot weather. Overtime may be required to finish a job, especially during busier summer months.

Roofers and waterproofers learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student. A high-school diploma or equivalent is required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for roofers and waterproofers is run through the United Union of Roofers Waterproofers and Allied Workers and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.