Men represent the vast majority of Painters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $15.70 per hour nationwide. Total incomes of Painters incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $23K and $58K. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Painters is high. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly one in three, and just over one in five earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$22,629 - $67,907
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$23K
$40K
$68K
MEDIAN: $40,014
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$10.57 - $25.20
(Median)
$11
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$22,629 - $67,907  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $4,958  
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $9,787  
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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$22,598 - $57,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 295
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.57 - $25.20  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $12.58  
Overtime
$15.40 - $36.38  
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
$98.63 - $4,958  
   
Profit Sharing
$10.21 - $9,787  
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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$22,598 - $57,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,950
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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.

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Painters who advance into the role of a Painting Supervisor are fairly uncommon. Painting Supervisors on average earn $44K per year. A more likely transition for Painters is Painter Automotive or Spray Painter.

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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

National Average: $34,538

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

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
$35,000



Skills That Affect Painter Salaries

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Carpentry
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$35,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 284 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 34%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 65%
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