Painter Salary

Painters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $15.44 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Work is enjoyable for Painters, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and between a fifth and a fourth earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$21,986 - $71,969
(Median)
$22K
$38K
$72K
MEDIAN: $38,201
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$10.31 - $25.05
(Median)
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$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,986 - $71,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,775  
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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$21,872 - $54,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 241
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $25.05  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.02 - $12.33  
Overtime
$14.89 - $36.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,474  
   
Profit Sharing
$100.67 - $3,775  
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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$21,872 - $54,968  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,665
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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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Painters who advance into the role of a Painting Supervisor are fairly uncommon. Painting Supervisors on average earn $44K per year. Career advancement for the typical Painter often leads to becoming a Painter Automotive or a Painter or Paperhanger; median salaries in these positions are $4K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Painters seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Safety Compliance, sprayer, and Taping are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 34 percent, 11 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Maintenance, Cleaning, and Residential.

Pay by Experience Level for Painter

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Painters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $30K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $33K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $41K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $33,615

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

For Painters, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Painters can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), Minneapolis (+21 percent), and Portland (+20 percent). Falling short of the national average by 6 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Dallas. Cincinnati and Denver are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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
$34,000



Skills That Affect Painter Salaries

Safety Compliance
up arrow 34%

sprayer
up arrow 11%

spraying
up arrow 5%

Carpentry
up arrow 5%

Taping
up arrow 5%

PAINTER
up arrow 4%

paint
up arrow 2%

National Average
$34,000

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

Painting
up arrow 2%

spray
up arrow 2%

Drywall
up arrow 7%

Residential
up arrow 7%

DRYWALL REPAIR
up arrow 7%

Cleaning
up arrow 9%

Maintenance
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 310 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 22%
medical benefits
Vision: 18%
dental benefits
None: 64%
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