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.

$29,000 - $87,262
(Median)
$29K
$41K
$87K
MEDIAN: $40,963
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$13.08 - $25.77
(Median)
$13
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$29,000 - $87,262  
   
Bonus
$201.34 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$28,383 - $64,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.08 - $25.77  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$18.83 - $37.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$201.34 - $4,966  
   
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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$28,383 - $64,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 525
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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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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.


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

National Average: $38,698

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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).

Industrial Painter Advice

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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Experience Affects Industrial Painter Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Industrial Painter Salaries

Quality Assurance / Quality Control
up arrow 9%

Painting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$39,000

Sandblasting
up arrow 1%

Machine Operation
up arrow 4%

Safety Compliance
up arrow 5%

Industrial Painter
up arrow 6%

PAINTER
up arrow 9%

paint
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
4 %
Male
96 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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