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House Painter Salary

The average House Painter in the United States earns approximately $16.02 per hour. Less than one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and fewer than one in twenty get vision plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of House Painters (87 percent) survey respondents are men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,751 - $53,107
(Median)
$20K
$36K
$53K
MEDIAN: $35,714
10%
50%
90%

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$10.24 - $27.82
(Median)
$10
$16
$28
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,751 - $53,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
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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$21,453 - $60,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.24 - $27.82  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.20  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,030  
   
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).
)
$21,453 - $60,083  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 335

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for House Painters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $33K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $29K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K 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 6%

National Average
$34,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
32%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 8% dental benefits Dental: 5%
vision benefits Vision: 3% employee benefits None: 90%