Industrial Painter Salary
A sizeable majority of Industrial Painters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $17.13 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Some workers in this field — roughly a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a majority and dental plans are enjoyed by one-half. Most Industrial Painters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
Industrial painters' work environments vary; for example, auto body painters working in a shop, many individuals paint interiors and exteriors of homes and buildings, and some industrial painters work in a factory setting. Outdoor work may be required as well. This position often requires standing for long periods of time, climbing ladders, carrying heavy materials, and making repetitive motions while painting. Industrial painters must be able to understand and adhere to industry safety standards.
A high school diploma or equivalent is generally required for this position, although further education in a trade school or college may be preferred. Additionally, previous experience with operating industrial equipment and/or work in the construction industry is usually beneficial. On-the-job-training is often given for those starting at the lowest levels, with apprenticeships sometimes available. Industrial painters may advance to supervisory positions with greater responsibilities.
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Pay by Experience Level for Industrial Painter
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Industrial Painters — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Industrial Painters make a median salary of $41K. 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 $44K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Industrial Painters, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Industrial Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Dallas (+18 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Houston (+1 percent), and Jacksonville (+1 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tulsa. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Oklahoma City (6 percent less) and Cincinnati (3 percent less).