Painter Salary

Painters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.30 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one in five collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Painters. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$20,329 - $69,766
(Median)
$20K
$37K
$70K
MEDIAN: $36,653
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$10.25 - $24.89
(Median)
$10
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,329 - $69,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,205  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,775  
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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$21,501 - $53,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $24.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38 - $1.29  
Overtime
$14.61 - $36.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,205  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,775  
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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$21,501 - $53,757  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,926
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Job Description for Painter

Painters work in a variety of disciplines; they may be construction painters who paint houses and buildings, for example, or they may be artists who produce works of fine art.

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Painter Tasks

  • Perform post-project clean up of the area, paint supplies and equipment.
  • Perform pre-painting preparation such as scraping, patching and sanding.
  • Paint of exterior and interior areas of properties.
  • Perform tasks involving varnishing or other surface covers.

Common Career Paths for Painter


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It's not very common for Painters to move on to become Painting Supervisors. Average pay for a Painting Supervisor is $43K annually. Painters moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Automotive Painters or Painters and Paperhangers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Painters report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in sprayer, Carpentry, PAINTER, and spraying are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 18 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Drywall and Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Painter

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


Painters do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $29K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $32K. Painters see a median salary of $35K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Painters, 58 percent higher than the national average. Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+51 percent), New York (+31 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+24 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

Painter Reviews

What is it like working as a Painter?

Painter in Tulsa:
"Painting."
Pros: I enjoy the guys I work with and Fridays at 5 because I have 2 days off.
Cons: The ladies in the office try to push me past my limits with the amount of work they give me every day.

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Experience Affects Painter Salaries



National Average
$33,000



Skills That Affect Painter Salaries

sprayer
up arrow 18%

Carpentry
up arrow 7%

up arrow 5%

spraying
up arrow 3%

paint
up arrow 2%

spray
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National Average
$33,000

Painting
up arrow 1%

Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

Drywall
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 254 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 65%
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