The 10 States With The Highest Painter Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month ago

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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.

To better understand how 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.

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 salaries:

  1. Missouri
  2. Illinois
  3. Minnesota
  4. Indiana
  5. West Virginia
  6. Iowa
  7. Louisiana
  8. Michigan
  9. Ohio
  10. Pennsylvania

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for painters from the 2018 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 $49150, so our index value would be:

$49,150 * (100 / 135.9) = $36,166

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.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Painter Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Missouri $57,223 $51,730 90.4
2 Illinois $55,031 $52,060 94.6
3 Minnesota $50,079 $50,480 100.8
4 Indiana $48,692 $43,580 89.5
5 West Virginia $47,098 $43,990 93.4
6 Iowa $46,285 $42,120 91.0
7 Louisiana $45,949 $43,560 94.8
8 Michigan $45,662 $40,640 89.0
9 Ohio $45,373 $42,560 93.8
10 Pennsylvania $45,295 $45,930 101.4
11 New Jersey $45,266 $55,180 121.9
12 Wisconsin $45,196 $43,750 96.8
13 Oklahoma $44,439 $39,640 89.2
14 Wyoming $44,422 $40,780 91.8
15 Nevada $44,007 $45,460 103.3
16 North Dakota $43,933 $43,670 99.4
17 Georgia $42,855 $39,170 91.4
18 Alaska $42,532 $55,760 131.1
19 Washington $40,826 $42,950 105.2
20 Maine $40,812 $45,220 110.8
21 Delaware $40,729 $41,300 101.4
22 Alabama $40,274 $36,730 91.2
23 Colorado $40,077 $41,600 103.8
24 Arkansas $39,862 $34,720 87.1
25 Kansas $39,632 $35,630 89.9
26 Mississippi $39,569 $33,990 85.9
27 Texas $39,404 $35,740 90.7
28 Tennessee $39,239 $35,080 89.4
29 Virginia $39,236 $39,550 100.8
30 Kentucky $39,226 $35,500 90.5
31 Arizona $38,765 $37,990 98.0
32 Massachusetts $38,433 $51,270 133.4
33 Rhode Island $38,251 $46,170 120.7
34 Idaho $38,230 $35,210 92.1
35 New York $38,152 $49,980 131.0
36 Utah $37,763 $35,120 93.0
37 Nebraska $37,576 $34,420 91.6
38 Montana $37,371 $37,670 100.8
39 Connecticut $37,000 $47,250 127.7
40 New Mexico $36,352 $35,080 96.5
41 South Carolina $36,219 $35,930 99.2
42 California $36,166 $49,150 135.9
43 Florida $35,778 $35,170 98.3
44 North Carolina $35,346 $33,190 93.9
45 New Hampshire $34,897 $40,830 117.0
46 South Dakota $33,143 $34,370 103.7
47 Vermont $32,989 $39,950 121.1
48 Hawaii $32,751 $54,990 167.9
49 Oregon $32,603 $37,690 115.6
50 Maryland $30,836 $38,700 125.5
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