Pay for House Painters in the United States sits in the ballpark of $16.46 per hour. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most House Painters — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Less than one in ten receive medical and dental insurance and less than one-tenth get vision plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$23,910 - $58,175
(Median)
$24K
$32K
$58K
MEDIAN: $31,861
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50%
90%

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$11.34 - $25.58
(Median)
$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$23,910 - $58,175  
   
Bonus
$1,750  
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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$24,134 - $53,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $25.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31  
Overtime
$14.68 - $32.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$1,750  
   
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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$24,134 - $53,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 315
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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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Many House Painters move into a Painter role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Painters on average bring in a similar salary to House Painters.

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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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $30K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $31K. House Painters bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $41K.

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Experience Affects House Painter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$35,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect House Painter Salaries

National Average
$35,000

Painting
up arrow 9%

PAINTER
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
39%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 9%
dental benefits
Dental: 5%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 90%
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