Roofing Careers


    The Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals (VARP) is a 50+ year old trade organization of professional roofing contractors and their suppliers. VARP’s mission is to promote the roofing industry in the Commonwealth of Virginia through education and advocacy and to promote high business and ethical standards. VARP is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization supported by voluntary membership dues with a broad-based membership including over 130 professional roofing contractors and over 40 roofing suppliers.

    Field positions are just the beginning of a successful roofing career.

    The wage scales in the chart below show industry starting points, averages, and top wages for field positions in commercial roofing. Wages are dependent on skills and experience.

    There’s only room to go UP. Salaried positions include:

    • Superintendent

    • Project Manager

    • Operations Manager

    • Estimator

    • Sales & Marketing

    • Ownership/Leadership

    • Manufacturer Representative

    • Distributor

    • Consultant

    *Trade requires additional licensing/ credentialing Magazine, June 2018
    **National wage average via
    ***Wage averages based on Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals Member data

    So, why roofing?


    The positions outlined in this flyer show that for a candidate who shows an eagerness and ability to learn, a positive attitude, and a good work ethic, the sky’s the limit. There are also two segments of the roofing industry- commercial and residential.


    The roofing industry takes safety very seriously. Reputable contractors (like VARP members) train their employees and abide by local and Federal OSHA guidelines to ensure their employees’ wellbeing.


    Statistics show that the average college student in the Class of 2016 has $37, 172 in student loan debt.* That’s just the average! For those high school youth interested in the trades, it can be a huge financial incentive to start a career upon high school graduation rather than racking up debt.

    *Forbes Magazine, June 2018