Industrial Painters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $17.29 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by around half. The majority of Industrial Painters claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,117 - $82,434
$29K
$41K
$82K
MEDIAN: $41,115
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$13.08 - $25.97
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,117 - $82,434  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$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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$28,471 - $65,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 25
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $25.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$18.80 - $38.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$197.27 - $5,068  
   
Profit Sharing
$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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$28,471 - $65,546  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 535

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Job Description for Industrial Painter

Industrial painter are responsible for applying paint, varnishes, and similar coatings to materials such as metals, woods, and plastics. They use various techniques to apply paint, including sprays, rollers, and brushes. Industrial painters are generally employed in the construction and manufacturing industries; many of these painters have a specific industry in which they work, such as automotive painting, house painting, painting the interiors and exteriors of buildings, painting the framework of bridges, and painting machinery of all different types and sizes. In addition to the painting itself, many (if not most) industrial painters are also responsible for cleaning and preparing the surface to be painted, removing previous finishes (including by sandblasting), and cleaning up of the area after each step of preparation and painting itself is done.

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Common Career Paths for Industrial Painter


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Industrial Painters often transition into a Painter position. Painters report a slightly lower median income of $34K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Painter

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


For many Industrial Painters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $35K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $38K on average. Industrial Painters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $45K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $38,834

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Industrial Painters, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 52 percent above the national average. Industrial Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+35 percent), Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), and Green Bay (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 8 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Orlando and Oklahoma City earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less).

Industrial Painter Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Industrial Painter in Seward:
"Shipyard Industrial Painter.."
Hard work, those who do not have ambition do not last long. Skilled profession.

Industrial Painter in Milwaukee:
"Is Industrial Painter for me?"
Do not make waves and find the quietest, long-term associate. Watch him/her like a hawk. Imitate their skills and learn them thoroughly, then try your own way. Always think about the success of fellow painters, and how to advance them in their work. Don't leave a mess behind you when you leave.

Industrial Painter in Florida:
Get paid what you are worth. There are a lot of hazards associated with the Industrial painting field.

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Key Stats for Industrial Painter

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Industrial Painter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Skills That Affect Industrial Painter Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 8%

Industrial Painter
0%

National Average
$39,000

Sandblasting
up arrow 1%

Painting
up arrow 2%

Machine Operation
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 5%

PAINTER
up arrow 9%

paint
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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