Painter Automotive Salary (United States)

Men make up the majority of Automotive Painters in the in the United States, bringing in about $15.95 per hour. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. About half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a third collect dental insurance. Most Automotive Painters are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$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  
National Annualized Data (?
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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 progression may result in somewhat stagnant compensation. Automotive Painters will earn an amount similar to those further down the career ladder. More commonly, Automotive Painters take pay cuts as they move into roles as Automobile Body Refinishers or Spray Painters, making $2,922 or $3,832 less per year, respectively.

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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 Automotive Painters, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. New salaries start at $29K and reach $37K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $40K. Salaries grow more slowly as Automotive Painters approach the 20-year mark, when the pay stabilizes at $42K. Those with more than 20 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Automotive Painters report having spent one to 10 years on the job followed by those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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National Average
$37,000
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For Automotive Painters, Atlanta provides a pay rate that is 39 percent greater than 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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Experienced
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$37,000
Entry-Level
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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%
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