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Painter Salary

Men make up the majority of Painters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.35 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Painters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Roughly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under a fourth collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$21,401 - $69,290
(Median)
$21K
$37K
$69K
MEDIAN: $37,438
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$10.26 - $24.78
(Median)
$10
$15
$25
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$21,401 - $69,290  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,044  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,457  
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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$21,613 - $53,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $24.78  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38 - $1.29  
Overtime
$14.53 - $36.88  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $2,457  
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).
)
$21,613 - $53,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,688

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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 report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in spray, PAINTER, Carpentry, and spraying are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership, Drywall, and Painting.

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. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $33K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $30K. On average, Painters make $35K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


Painters will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 56 percent. Painters will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+45 percent), Philadelphia (+28 percent), Chicago (+25 percent), and Los Angeles (+23 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Tampa.

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
$33,000



Skills That Affect Painter Salaries

spray
up arrow 7%

PAINTER
up arrow 4%

Carpentry
up arrow 4%

spraying
up arrow 4%

paint
0%

National Average
$33,000

Painting
up arrow 4%

Drywall
up arrow 8%

Team Leadership
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 251 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
22%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 22%
vision benefits Vision: 16% employee benefits None: 65%