Painter Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Painters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.26 per hour. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; about a third people have both medical and dental plans, and 17 percent have vision insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Painters. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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. A more common career path for Painters is stepping into the role of Painter, Construction and Maintenance or House 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 less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Standard salaries begin at $29K and can reach $33K after five to 10 years. Pay amounts to $35K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job but they do accelerate at a slower rate, and Painters tend to earn $41K at this point in time. The largest number of Painters have one to 10 years of experience, followed by those with 10 to 20 years. Workers who have been working for more than 20 years are the least common.

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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With a pay rate for Painters that is 49 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other big spenders include Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles, top-paying cities where Painters see paychecks higher than average (+32 percent, +25 percent, +24 percent, and +23 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Employers in Atlanta and Cleveland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-6 percent and -3 percent, respectively).

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
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spray
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spraying
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National Average
$33,000
Painting
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Team Leadership
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Carpentry
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Drywall
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Job Satisfaction

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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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