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Painter Automotive Salary (United States)

A sizeable majority of Painter Automotives in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $15.95 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. About one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and just under one in three collect dental insurance. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. 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 (?
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  
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  
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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Painter Automotives tend not to experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Transportation Equipment Painter. That job pays about the same. Painter Automotives most frequently advance into Automobile Body Refinisher and Spray Painter roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

Painter Automotive Job Listings

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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 Painter Automotives, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $29K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. Painter Automotives bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $42K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Painter Automotives typically report having spent one to 10 years on the job, with those with 10 to 20 years following close behind.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$37,000
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For those looking to make money, Painter Automotives in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 39 percent above the national average. Painter Automotives will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent).

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Experience Affects Painter Automotive Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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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%