House Painter Salary

The average House Painter in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $16.06 per hour. There are far more male House Painters survey respondents than women, making up 87 percent. Less than 10 percent enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and fewer than one in twenty get vision benefits. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$21,595 - $50,615
(Median)
$22K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,077
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90%

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$10.83 - $25.88
(Median)
$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$21,595 - $50,615  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
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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$23,503 - $57,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $25.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,029  
   
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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$23,503 - $57,538  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 319
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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.


House Painters with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $29K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $42K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects House Painter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 23%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
35%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 9% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 4% employee benefits None: 89%
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