Painter Automotive Salary

Male Automotive Painters number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $17.16 per hour in the United States. While career length and the particular employer impact pay for this group, geography is the most influential factor. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Although nearly one-half lack health benefits of any kind, half do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly less than a third get dental coverage, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,420 - $100,259
$30K
$56K
$100K
MEDIAN: $56,261
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50%
90%

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$12.25 - $24.70
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.16
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,420 - $100,259  
   
Bonus
$247.75 - $7,728  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$26,801 - $73,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.25 - $24.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.03  
Overtime
$16.24 - $39.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$247.75 - $7,728  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$26,801 - $73,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 596

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Painter Automotive


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For Automotive Painters who go on to become Automobile Damage Estimators, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, an Automobile Damage Estimator earns $45K annually. Automotive Painters most often move into Painter or Automobile Body Refinisher roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.

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Pay by Experience Level for Painter Automotive

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $40K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Automotive Painters, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $50K on average.

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Key Stats for Painter Automotive

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
29%
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Experience Affects Painter Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

▲5%

National Average
$40,000

Mid-Career
▼1%

▼19%

Skills That Affect Painter Automotive Salaries

color matching
▲19%


Painting
▲3%

National Average
$40,000

paint
▼5%

Automotive Painter
▼7%

PAINTER
▼10%

Body work
▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
3 %
Male
97 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 49%
dental benefits
Dental: 31%
vision benefits
Vision: 21%
dental benefits
None: 50%
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