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Painter Automotive Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automotive Painters earn an average of $16.11 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Automotive Painters like their work and job satisfaction is high. Roughly one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,435 - $96,735
(Median)
$29K
$51K
$97K
MEDIAN: $51,069
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90%

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$11.09 - $24.34
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,435 - $96,735  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,825  
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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$24,510 - $72,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.09 - $24.34  
   
Overtime
$15.09 - $36.53  
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 - $1,825  
   
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).
)
$24,510 - $72,152  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 411

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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 transition into upper-level roles like Painter, Transportation Equipments, it's possible that they won't see a change in salary. Painter, Transportation Equipments earn the same amount as Automotive Painters 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.


Automotive Painters with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $29K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

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Experience Affects Painter Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 29%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 47%
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