Painter Automotive Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Automotive Painters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.25 per hour nationwide. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction for Automotive Painters is high. Close to one-half report receiving medical coverage from their employers and slightly less than a third collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,912 - $96,494
(Median)
$30K
$50K
$96K
MEDIAN: $49,969
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90%

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$11.34 - $24.54
(Median)
$11
$16
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,912 - $96,494  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
Commission
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$24,984 - $71,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 180
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.34 - $24.54  
   
Overtime
$15.15 - $36.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,524  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $15,260  
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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$24,984 - $71,340  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 431
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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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Automotive Painters sometimes move into a Transportation Equipment Painter role, where the salary is similar. Many Automotive Painters go on to become Automobile Body Refinishers or Spray Painters despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $4K lower, 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $30K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. Automotive Painters who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $41K. Automotive Painters who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $43K.

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Experience Affects Painter Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$37,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 86 votes.

Gender

Female
2 %
Male
98 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 51% dental benefits Dental: 28%
vision benefits Vision: 19% employee benefits None: 47%
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