Average Painter Hourly Pay

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The average hourly pay for a Painter is $16.69.
MEDIAN $16.69
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Hourly Rate
$12 - $26
$101 - $4,854
Profit Sharing
$97 - $10,256
$393 - $61,042
Total Pay
$24,473 - $58,314

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Job Description for Painter

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.

Popular Employer Salaries for Painter

The top respondents for the job title Painter are from the companies Professional Painting, Self-Employed and A1 Painting. Reported salaries are highest at Monte Carlo where the average pay is $30.66. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Self-Employed, earning around $20.00. A1 Painting pays the lowest at around $14.52. Professional Painting also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $16.00.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Painter. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Industrial Painter
Painter, Construction and Maintenance
House Painter
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Painter

Skills in Residential, Team Leadership, Commercial, Maintenance and Quality Assurance / Quality Control are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Painter

An entry-level Painter with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $12.43 based on 156 salaries. An early career Painter with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $14.74 based on 1,676 salaries. A mid-career Painter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.58 based on 1,139 salaries. An experienced Painter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.23 based on 1,715 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
Employees with Painter in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 29.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (21.1% more) and Portland, Oregon (17.6% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 6,363 survey responses.
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