Painter Salary (United States)

Most Painters in the United States are men, earning an average of $15.26 per hour. Residency and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a quarter collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Painters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Painter Salary (?
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$22,210 - $74,206
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MEDIAN: $36,934
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Painter Salary (?
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$10.18 - $24.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,210 - $74,206  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,500  
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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$21,349 - $55,048  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 127
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.18 - $24.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.25 - $0.64  
Overtime
$14.41 - $36.84  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,020  
   
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $2,500  
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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$21,349 - $55,048  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,259
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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 Painter (where salaries climb a $6,944), this progression is not the norm. It is more probable, however, that Painters become Painter, Construction and Maintenances or House 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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Standard salaries begin at $29K and can reach $33K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $35K. As Painters reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $41K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Painters report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Columbus
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Minneapolis
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San Diego
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Las Vegas
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Portland
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National Average
$33,000
Cincinnati
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Denver
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Cleveland
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Atlanta
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Pittsburgh
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Surpassing the national average by 49 percent, Painters in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+32 percent), Philadelphia (+25 percent), New York (+24 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 7 percent below the national average. Workers in Atlanta and Cleveland earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-6 percent and -3 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.

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Painter Salaries

National Average
$33,000
Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Painter Salaries

PAINTER
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paint
up arrow 4%
spray
up arrow 3%
spraying
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National Average
$33,000
Painting
up arrow 4%
Team Leadership
up arrow 6%
Carpentry
up arrow 6%
Drywall
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 215 votes.

Gender

Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 36% dental benefits Dental: 23%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 64%
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