Painter Automotive Salary

A sizeable majority of Automotive Painters in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $16.47 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Automotive Painters enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to one-half, and roughly a fourth earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,078 - $99,064
(Median)
$29K
$55K
$99K
MEDIAN: $55,421
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$11.86 - $24.95
(Median)
$12
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$29,078 - $99,064  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
Commission
$13,000  
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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$25,350 - $72,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 231
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.86 - $24.95  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$15.05 - $38.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
Commission
$13,000  
Profit Sharing
$5,500  
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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$25,350 - $72,642  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 534
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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. Many Automotive Painters advance into roles as Automobile Body Refinishers or Painters, but the median salaries are $4K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Automotive Painters seem to require a number of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know color matching command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Painting, PAINTER, and Automotive Painter.

Pay by Experience Level for Painter Automotive

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


For Automotive Painters, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $30K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Automotive Painters bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $44K.

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Experience Affects Painter Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$38,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Skills That Affect Painter Automotive Salaries

color matching
up arrow 24%

National Average
$38,000

ICC Profiling / Color Management
up arrow 1%

paint
up arrow 7%

Automotive Painter
up arrow 9%

PAINTER
up arrow 13%

Painting
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 99 votes.

Gender

Female
1 %
Male
99 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
29%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 27%
medical benefits
Vision: 19%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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