How much money does a roofer earn?

For jobs that don't require a college education, the pay isn't bad. Here are some stats from the U.S. Department of Labor from a few years back: In 2002, median hourly earnings of roofers were $14.51. The middle 50 percent earned between $11.23 and $19.56. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $9.15, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $25.35. The median hourly earnings of roofers in the foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors industry were $14.57 in 2002. Apprentices usually start at about 40 percent to 50 percent of the rate paid to experienced roofers and receive periodic raises as they acquire the skills of the trade. Earnings for roofers are reduced on occasion because poor weather often limits the time they can work. I do roofing labor and make 15.00 an hour. For my current skill level, I don't think I could make more money anywhere else. I don't even know how to cut valleys or go around vents. The tearoff labor is hard work and not many people want to do it, so it is good for a guy like me just out of high school.