Painter Salary

Commissions comprise a big part of overall income for Painters. The median take-home amount in this area is around $35K, and on average, just under nine in ten of that final number comes from commissions. Total cash compensation for Painters runs from $23K to $59K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $2K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Nearly one-third enjoy medical while somewhere between a fifth and a fourth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than a fifth. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$22,951 - $70,128
$23K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,407
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$10.80 - $25.47
$11
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.79
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$22,951 - $70,128  
   
Bonus
$75.00 - $3,034  
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $2,061  
Commission
$30,500  
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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$22,989 - $59,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 305
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.80 - $25.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.79  
Overtime
$15.42 - $36.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$75.00 - $3,034  
   
Commission
$30,500  
Profit Sharing
$9.70 - $2,061  
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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$22,989 - $59,009  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,992

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Painter


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While not commonly seen, Painters who transition into a Painting Supervisor position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Painting Supervisors is $44K per year. More commonly, Painters become Automotive Painters or Spray Painters.

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Pay by Experience Level for Painter

Pay by Experience for a Painter has a positive trend. An entry-level Painter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,249 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Painter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 898 salaries. An experienced Painter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,202 salaries. A Painter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 831 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,714

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Painters, Minneapolis provides a pay rate that is 47 percent greater than the national average. Painters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+47 percent), New York (+38 percent), Chicago (+28 percent), and St. Louis (+25 percent). Colorado Springs is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average.

Painter Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Painter

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 313 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Painter Salaries

▲21%

▲11%

National Average
$35,000

▼2%

▼13%

Skills That Affect Painter Salaries


▲6%

supervisor
▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$35,000

Safety Compliance
▼1%

▼2%

DRYWALL REPAIR
▼2%

▼3%

▼5%

▼7%

Residential
▼7%

▼8%

▼10%

Carpentry
▼10%

Ladder Logic
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 313 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
no benefits
None: 64%