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.Read More...
Painters (artists) may work in a variety of mediums, from oil to watercolor. They may sell their paintings to museums or at art shows, and many may be commissioned to paint something specific for a private buyer. Many painters become teachers and work in higher education teaching painting and illustration to students.
Other painters, such as house painters, typically work in the construction field. They find out the details of a project and quote a price to potential buyers. Clients will select their colors, and the painters will begin preparing the surface before painting. Many painters own their own business, having one or two other employees to help with the job duties. Painters who become skilled with painting indoor walls often move on to working on the exteriors of home and offices.
All painters must have a steady hand and an eye for detail. To become a construction painter, no formal instruction is typically necessary; painters (artists) may need a bachelor's degree in fine arts to help find employment. Painters must be familiar with tools associated with painting, such as brushes and primers.
- 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.
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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 more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $30K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $34K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $38K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $42K.
Pay Difference by Location
For Painters, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+26 percent), Minneapolis (+20 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and Chicago (+20 percent). With compensation 8 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Orlando and Phoenix (8 percent lower).