Internet Rips Post is looking for an experienced roofer for ‘$7.25/hour, firm’
Thousands of commenters have mocked an internet poster after their request for commercial work at a ridiculously low rate of pay was reposted on a popular internet forum.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/antiwork, Redditor u/FantaSciFile shared a screenshot of a Facebook post (with author’s name removed) looking for an experienced roofer willing to work for the federal minimum wage.
“I’m looking for someone to replace missing shingles,” the post read.
“Must be licensed, insured, bonded, 10+ years of experience, multiple references I can call to verify quality of work, and be prepared to take $7.25/hr, firm,” he continues.
Titled “Roofer wanted. 10+ years of experience required. Pay minimum wage,” the Reddit post including the screenshot received more than 43,000 votes and 2,500 comments in the past day.
While the cost of re-cladding an entire roof can range between $5,000 and $12,000, the average cost of re-cladding an entire roof in 2022 is around $8,500, according to Forbes.
Since the cost of shingles varies by size and material, the labor cost for roofers varies based on experience, as well as the difficulty of a job.
ZipRecruiter, a leading jobs website, reports that the average hourly rate for a roofer in the United States is $20 and typically ranges between $15.14 and $22.60.
In 2021, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the average hourly wage for roofers was closer to $23.51, which translates to an average annual salary of $48,890.
However, for experienced roofers in states like California, Illinois and New York, the BLS reported that hourly wages can reach $30.47, far more than the author of the reposted Facebook post was willing. to pay.
The poster’s “firm” hourly pay rate of $7.25 is equivalent to the federal minimum wage, which has not changed since 2009, despite massive increases in the cost of living across the country.
Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors pointed out that the hourly wage offered in the Facebook post was far below what many roofers with 10+ years of experience would be willing to work, and expressed dismay that any roofer would even consider the offer.
“Licensed, insured and bonded? For this salary? Redditor u/Historical-Shift5782 wrote in a comment that received nearly 5,000 votes.
“What the fuck is this hollow living on?” they wondered.
Redditor u/BrickFlock, whose comment received more than 3,000 votes, said he was paid nearly double the current minimum wage as a roofer two decades ago.
“About 20 years ago I was being paid $15.00 an hour with no experience as an 18 year old to do roofing,” they wrote. “It makes no sense that people are being paid so little now.”
In a separate pair of comments, two Redditors made it clear that $7.25 an hour for roofing work is way too low and detailed how they would react to such an offer.
“I wouldn’t even do it for $20 an hour,” Redditor u/thurgewd wrote.
“For this price I will add holes on the roof,” added Redditor u/Thicc_Potato13.