House Painter Salary (United States)

Pay for House Painters in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.84 per hour. 7 percent receive medical and dental insurance and 2 percent get vision plans. Men account for the majority of House Painters—88 percent to be exact. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
House Painter Salary (?
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$19,513 - $55,848
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MEDIAN: $34,669
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House Painter Salary (?
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$10.17 - $28.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$19,513 - $55,848  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
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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$21,231 - $60,583  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 33
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.17 - $28.84  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,019  
   
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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$21,231 - $60,583  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 310
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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 do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Starting out, salaries fall in the $29K range but grow to $34K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $37K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for House Painters after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $42K. This workforce includes a range of age distribution and is widely spread out: of those who responded, 39 percent have between one and nine years of experience; 31 percent have 10-20 years, and the remaining 29 percent report more than a couple decades of experience.

Experience Affects House Painter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$34,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
12%
female alumni
 
Male
88%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 7% dental benefits Dental: 4%
vision benefits Vision: 2% employee benefits None: 92%
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