The average hourly pay for an Early-Career Painter is $14.77.
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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. Painters (artists) may work in a variety of mediums, from oil to watercolor. They may sell their paintings to museums or at art shows, and many may be commissioned to paint something specific for a private buyer. Many painters become teachers and work in higher education teaching painting and illustration to students. …Read more
- 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.
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Skills in Residential, Maintenance, Commercial, Team Leadership 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 $12.51 based on 152 salaries. A mid-career Painter with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $16.64 based on 1,135 salaries. An experienced Painter with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $18.26 based on 1,702 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $20.
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Employees with Painter in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 14.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in San Diego, California (8.3% more) and Portland, Oregon (8.2% more).
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