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We all need a good roof over our heads. Unfortunately, the people who help build them aren’t getting paid a fair amount.

While demand for roofers should remain strong coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, one area where the profession may still have room for growth is wages. With a median annual wage of $43,580, roofers make a similar amount to painters, some are still compensated significantly less than other high-skill construction occupations like electricians, plumbers, and equipment operators. Researchers with Porch.com ranked metropolitan areas according to median annual earnings for roofers, adjusted for the cost of living.

In the Charlotte metro area, roofers earn a median annual wage of $39,630. After adjusting for the below-average cost of living in Charlotte, that figure increases to $41,981 per year, compared to a median of $43,580 that roofers earn throughout the country. Still, out of all large U.S. metropolitan areas, Charlotte is the 17th worst-paying for roofers.

Here is a summary of the data for the Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC metro area:

  • Median annual earnings for roofers (adjusted): $41,981
  • Median annual earnings for roofers (unadjusted): $39,630
  • Number of roofers: 1,130
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): -5.6%

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • Median annual earnings for roofers (adjusted): $43,580
  • Median annual earnings for roofers (unadjusted): $43,580
  • Number of roofers: 128,680
  • Cost of living (compared to the national average): N/A

You can see more on this study featuring more than 200 metros and all 50 states here.

Alexis Zarycki is your average girl with the hopes of leaving an everlasting impact on the world. Follow her on Instagram @official_lexpaige