Painter Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Painters in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $16.26 per hour nationwide. In the world of Painters, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $24K and $59K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. More than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in four collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$23,630 - $68,560
$24K
$41K
$69K
MEDIAN: $41,137
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50%
90%

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$11.28 - $25.52
$11
$16
$26
MEDIAN: $16.29
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$0$68K
Salary $23,630 - $68,560
Bonus $97.73 - $4,872
Profit Sharing $9.70 - $10,304
Commission $1,250
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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$23,982 - $59,074
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 347
Hourly Data $0$37
Hourly Rate $11.28 - $25.52
Hourly Tips $0.00 - $8.05
Overtime $15.43 - $37.02
Annual Data $0$59K
Bonus $97.73 - $4,872
Commission $1,250
Profit Sharing $9.70 - $10,304
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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$23,982 - $59,074
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 3,336

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Job Description for Painter

Painters work in a variety of disciplines; they may be construction painters who paint houses and buildings, for example, or they may be artists who produce works of fine art.

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Painter Tasks

  • Paint of exterior and interior areas of properties.
  • Perform tasks involving varnishing or other surface covers.
  • Perform post-project clean up of the area, paint supplies and equipment.
  • Perform pre-painting preparation such as scraping, patching and sanding.

Common Career Paths for Painter


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Though it's uncommon, some Painters move into roles as Painting Supervisors, where pay is an average $44K per year. Becoming a Painter Automotive is, more often than not, the most common role that Painters move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $38K. Another frequent advance is for Painters to assume a Spray Painter role; in this role, workers often earn $34K.

Painter Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Painter


Pay by Experience Level for Painter

Pay by Experience for a Painter has a positive trend. An entry-level Painter with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 1,249 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Painter with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 898 salaries. An experienced Painter which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 1,202 salaries. A Painter with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 831 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,829

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Painters in Minneapolis enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 43 percent above the national average. Painters will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+43 percent), New York (+33 percent), Chicago (+24 percent), and St. Louis (+21 percent). The lowest-paying market is Colorado Springs, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

Painter Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Painter?

Painter in Henrico:
"It's calm but tedious."
Pros: Making something look better than it was before.
Cons: The amount I'm paid and how I'm valued as a worker.

Painter in Charlotte:
"Work hard."
Pros: It's easy.
Cons: Some times no work.

Painter in Philadelphia:
"Hard on the joints lot of physical activity."
Pros: The crew I work with.
Cons: Not getting paid what my Co workers makes an doing the same job.

Painter in Tacoma:
"Get shit painted."
Pros: Believe my bosses care about me.
Cons: Not getting paid as much as I should.

Painter in Elgin:
"A new learning experience."
Pros: Steady paycheck.
Cons: Unrealistic expectations, unrealistic deadlines.

Painter in Tulsa:
"Painting."
Pros: I enjoy the guys I work with and Fridays at 5 because I have 2 days off.
Cons: The ladies in the office try to push me past my limits with the amount of work they give me every day.

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Key Stats for Painter

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 443 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Painter Salaries

▲17%

▲7%

National Average
$36,000

▼5%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Painter Salaries


▲2%

supervisor
▲1%

National Average
$36,000

▼2%

Safety Compliance
▼4%

▼5%

DRYWALL REPAIR
▼5%

▼6%

▼8%

▼10%

Residential
▼10%

▼11%

▼12%

Carpentry
▼13%

Ladder Logic
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 443 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 35%
dental benefits
Dental: 24%
vision benefits
Vision: 20%
no benefits
None: 64%
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