Painter Automotive Salary

Automotive Painters in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $16.24 per hour. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Over one-half enjoy medical while just under a third get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than one-fifth. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,749 - $96,148
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$96K
MEDIAN: $50,448
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$11.39 - $24.57
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,749 - $96,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$24,984 - $71,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.39 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$15.16 - $36.60  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$24,984 - $71,597  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 428
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Job Description for Painter Automotive

An automotive painter is responsible for painting vehicle surfaces with spray paint equipment, power tools, and other relevant equipment. They also prepare the vehicle for painting, such as through sanding. Automotive painters are required to efficiently finish paint jobs on all types of vehicles using all paint types. They also need to be able to mix paint colors to get the customer's desired color for each order. Additionally, automotive painters are responsible for cleaning and maintaining the paint gun and other work equipment.

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Painter Automotive Tasks

  • Remove old paint via a liquid paint remover, scraper, or other techniques.
  • Remove dirt or grease from vehicle surfaces and prepare the vehicle for painting.
  • Use primer, lacquer, resin, or other materials to paint surfaces of automotive units.

Common Career Paths for Painter Automotive


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As Automotive Painters make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Transportation Equipment Painter position pays around the same amount as the Painter Automotive job on average. A lot of Automotive Painters advance their careers by becoming Automobile Body Refinishers and Spray Painters. However, those positions offer $3K less and $4K less per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Painter Automotive

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


For Automotive Painters, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $30K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Automotive Painters with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $43K.

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Experience Affects Painter Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$37,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 52% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 47%
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