Painter Salary

Men account for the majority of Painters in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $15.31 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in five collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,190 - $74,865
(Median)
$22K
$37K
$75K
MEDIAN: $37,418
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$10.27 - $24.87
(Median)
$10
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,190 - $74,865  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,220  
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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$21,690 - $53,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $24.87  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38 - $1.29  
Overtime
$14.61 - $36.59  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,220  
   
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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$21,690 - $53,680  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,939
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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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Though some Painters move into positions like Painting Supervisor (where the average salary is $43K), this progression is not the norm. Painters most often move into positions as Automotive Painters or Painters and Paperhangers; those groups report median salaries that are $4K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Painters report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with sprayer, Carpentry, and PAINTER are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 7 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Drywall and Team Leadership.

Pay by Experience Level for Painter

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


For 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. 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 58 percent, Painters in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+48 percent), New York (+33 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+25 percent). In Cincinnati, salaries are 3 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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
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Carpentry
up arrow 7%

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paint
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spraying
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spray
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National Average
$33,000

Painting
up arrow 1%

Team Leadership
up arrow 5%

Drywall
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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: 17% employee benefits None: 65%
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