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Industrial Painter Salary

Men account for the majority of Industrial Painters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $16.08 per hour. 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 about two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Industrial Painters is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$11.86 - $21.00
MEDIAN: $16.00

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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $21.00  
$17.34 - $30.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0.00 - $2,018  
Profit Sharing
$497.21 - $1,850  
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).
$25,536 - $55,957  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 208
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Painter

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

For Industrial Painters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $32K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $37K. Industrial Painters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Industrial Painter generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $46K.

Experience Affects Industrial Painter Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.


4 %
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 39%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 31%