House Painter Salary

House Painters in the United States take home an average $15.99 per hour. Work is enjoyable for House Painters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical and dental coverage is claimed by less than 10 percent, and fewer than one in twenty earn vision coverage. House Painters who took the survey are largely men, dominating at 88 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$21,438 - $50,367
(Median)
$21K
$35K
$50K
MEDIAN: $34,669
10%
50%
90%

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$10.94 - $25.49
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$21,438 - $50,367  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$23,165 - $53,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 27
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.94 - $25.49  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,500  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$23,165 - $53,646  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 343
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Job Description for House Painter

Part of the process of preparing a residential or commercial structure for occupancy is painting walls and other surfaces that require paint. Some home and business owners perform this job themselves, but it can be a time-consuming and labor-intensive process, especially when the property is large. That is why many individuals and businesses hire house painters to perform painting for them. The primary job of the house painter is to apply paint to the interiors and exteriors of the building in consultation with the building owners. There are several processes involved in executing a project, including selecting the right paints, preparing surfaces by cleaning them, making small repairs and applying touch-ups to blemished areas, and performing other tasks necessary to ensure that the final result is satisfactory to the client. House painters may work for a contractor or they may be self-employed agents.

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House Painter Tasks

  • Remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting.
  • Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns.
  • Cover surfaces with drop cloths or masking tape and paper for protection during painting and post appropriate paint signs.
  • Clean up and store paint and painting tools and equipment in appropriate areas.
  • Mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency.

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Pay by Experience Level for House Painter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many House Painters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $29K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $32K. House Painters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $35K. House Painters who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $41K.

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Experience Affects House Painter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
37%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 9%
dental benefits
Dental: 4%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 90%
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