Commissions constitute a big slice (just under nine-tenths on average) of overall compensation for Painters, and the median take-home for this group lies near $34K. Total incomes of Painters incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $2K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $23K and $58K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. About a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly more than a fifth collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Painters. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$22,908 - $69,988
$23K
$40K
$70K
MEDIAN: $40,380
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$10.66 - $25.38
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$22,908 - $69,988  
   
Bonus
$95.84 - $3,117  
Profit Sharing
$9.79 - $2,043  
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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$22,756 - $58,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 312
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $25.38  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $5.79  
Overtime
$15.43 - $36.64  
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
$95.84 - $3,117  
   
Commission
$30,500  
Profit Sharing
$9.79 - $2,043  
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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$22,756 - $58,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,079

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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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Painters sometimes assume positions such as Painting Supervisors. That role pays $44K per year on average. It is more probable, however, that Painters become Automotive Painters or Spray Painters.

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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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,495

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Painters, 44 percent higher than the national average. Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Minneapolis (+39 percent), Boston (+33 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and St. Louis (+25 percent).

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 299 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%
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Experience Affects Painter Salaries



National Average
$34,000



Skills That Affect Painter Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 299 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
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 23%
vision benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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