Industrial Painter Salary
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.
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.
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
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).
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