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 $15.33 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Painters is high. Roughly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a fifth collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$22,285 - $72,966

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$10.29 - $24.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$22,285 - $72,966  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,220  
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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$21,868 - $53,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.29 - $24.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38 - $1.29  
Overtime
$14.62 - $36.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,220  
   
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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$21,868 - $53,863  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,996
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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 $43K per year. Painters typically move into roles as Automotive Painters or Painters and Paperhangers, and those positions pay $4K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Painters seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in sprayer, Carpentry, PAINTER, and paint are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 20 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Team Leadership and Drywall.

Pay by Experience Level for Painter

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


For many Painters, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $30K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $32K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $35K in this role. Painters who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Painters, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 57 percent above the national average. Painters will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+48 percent), New York (+37 percent), Chicago (+26 percent), and Los Angeles (+25 percent). Trailing the national average by 3 percent, Cincinnati is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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

sprayer
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Carpentry
up arrow 7%

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paint
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spraying
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spray
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National Average
$33,000

Painting
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Drywall
up arrow 7%

Team Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 34% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 65%
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