The 10 States With The Highest Painter Salaries For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do painters get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for painters by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

The state with the best salary for painters after this adjustment? That would be Painters, Construction And Maintenance.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for painter salaries:

  1. Illinois
  2. Missouri
  3. Minnesota
  4. Indiana
  5. Washington
  6. Kansas
  7. Ohio
  8. Iowa
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Michigan

To better understand how painter salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for painters by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

How we determined painter pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for painters from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $54030, so our index value would be:

$54,030 * (100 / 135.9) = $39,757

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for painters.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Painter Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $61,765 $58,430 94.6
2 Missouri $59,911 $54,160 90.4
3 Minnesota $52,500 $52,920 100.8
4 Indiana $51,206 $45,830 89.5
5 Washington $51,017 $53,670 105.2
6 Kansas $48,342 $43,460 89.9
7 Ohio $48,198 $45,210 93.8
8 Iowa $47,549 $43,270 91.0
9 Oklahoma $47,286 $42,180 89.2
10 Michigan $47,157 $41,970 89.0
11 Wyoming $47,058 $43,200 91.8
12 New York $46,442 $60,840 131.0
13 New Jersey $46,431 $56,600 121.9
14 Wisconsin $46,250 $44,770 96.8
15 Utah $45,268 $42,100 93.0
16 Nevada $45,246 $46,740 103.3
17 Pennsylvania $45,108 $45,740 101.4
18 Virginia $44,573 $44,930 100.8
19 Georgia $44,343 $40,530 91.4
20 Colorado $43,689 $45,350 103.8
21 West Virginia $43,501 $40,630 93.4
22 Kentucky $43,392 $39,270 90.5
23 Mississippi $43,236 $37,140 85.9
24 Arizona $43,204 $42,340 98.0
25 Louisiana $43,048 $40,810 94.8
26 Tennessee $43,020 $38,460 89.4
27 Arkansas $43,008 $37,460 87.1
28 Montana $42,748 $43,090 100.8
29 Texas $42,590 $38,630 90.7
30 Nebraska $42,423 $38,860 91.6
31 Vermont $42,113 $51,000 121.1
32 North Dakota $41,690 $41,440 99.4
33 Alaska $41,464 $54,360 131.1
34 Maine $41,353 $45,820 110.8
35 Connecticut $41,260 $52,690 127.7
36 Idaho $41,009 $37,770 92.1
37 Alabama $40,942 $37,340 91.2
38 North Carolina $40,298 $37,840 93.9
39 South Carolina $40,221 $39,900 99.2
40 New Mexico $39,896 $38,500 96.5
41 California $39,757 $54,030 135.9
42 Florida $39,409 $38,740 98.3
43 Oregon $38,702 $44,740 115.6
44 South Dakota $38,669 $40,100 103.7
45 Massachusetts $38,290 $51,080 133.4
46 Delaware $38,136 $38,670 101.4
47 Rhode Island $38,028 $45,900 120.7
48 New Hampshire $37,589 $43,980 117.0
49 Maryland $35,896 $45,050 125.5
50 Hawaii $35,181 $59,070 167.9

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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