Painter Automotive Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Automotive Painters in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $15.95 per hour. Career length and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most people in this field enjoy health coverage; about half receive medical and dental insurance and 18 percent get vision insurance. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Painter Automotive Salary (?
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$27,887 - $88,142
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MEDIAN: $49,936
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Painter Automotive Salary (?
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$10.75 - $22.60
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National Salary Data

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$27,887 - $88,142  
   
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$0.00 - $2,016  
Total Pay (?
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$23,901 - $65,871  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.75 - $22.60  
   
Overtime
$14.88 - $33.75  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,016  
   
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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$23,901 - $65,871  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 395
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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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For Automotive Painters, career advancement has little to no impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Transportation Equipment Painter will bring in a similar amount to someone not as far along in their career. Automotive Painters most often move into positions as Automobile Body Refinishers or Spray Painters, where they typically take pay cuts of $2,922 or $3,832 per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Painter Automotive

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Though Automotive Painters can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. Salaries start at $29K, which grows to $37K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $40K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years in the field, Automotive Painters see their salaries growing more slowly, eventually averaging out to $42K. Automotive Painters with one to 10 years in the field are most commonly found while those with 10 to 20 years of experience are harder to spot. The rarest group is the one with the most experience to boot—more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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Atlanta offers some of the highest pay in the country for Automotive Painters, 39 percent above the national average. Automotive Painters will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects Painter Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
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Gender

Female
2%
female alumni
 
Male
98%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 50% dental benefits Dental: 31%
vision benefits Vision: 18% employee benefits None: 48%
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