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Working As A Journeyman Painter

  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $39,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Journeyman Painter Do

Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, bridges, and other structures.

Duties

Painters typically do the following:

  • Cover floors, furniture, and trim with dropcloths, tarps, and masking tape, to protect surfaces
  • Remove and replace pictures and outlet and switch covers
  • Fill holes and cracks with putty or plaster
  • Prepare surfaces by scraping, wire brushing, or sanding to a smooth finish
  • Calculate the area to be painted and the amount of paint needed
  • Apply primers or sealers so the paint will adhere
  • Install scaffolding and set up ladders
  • Apply paint or other finishes, using handbrushes, rollers, or sprayers

Applying paint to interior walls makes surfaces attractive and vibrant. In addition, paints and other sealers protect exterior surfaces from damage caused by weather, sunlight, and pollution.

Because there are several ways to apply paint, workers must be able to choose the proper tool for each job, such as the correct roller, power sprayer, or brush. Choosing the right tool typically depends on the surface to be covered and the characteristics of the material applied.

A few painters—mainly industrial—use special safety equipment. For example, painting in confined spaces, such as the inside of a large storage tank, requires workers to wear self-contained suits to avoid inhaling toxic fumes. On some projects they may operate abrasive blasters to remove old coatings, which may require the use of additional clothing and protective eyewear. When painting bridges, ships, tall buildings, or oil rigs, painters may work from scaffolding, bosun’s chairs, and harnesses in order to reach work areas.

The following are examples of types of painters:

Construction painters apply paints, stains, and coatings to interior and exterior walls, new buildings, and other structural surfaces.

Maintenance painters remove old finishes and apply paints, stains, and coatings later in a structure’s life. Some painters specialize in painting or coating industrial structures, such as bridges and oil rigs, to prevent corrosion. These workers are sometimes called industrial painters.

Artisan painters specialize in creating distinct finishes by using one of many decorative techniques. One such technique is adding glaze for increased depth and texture. Other common techniques include sponging, distressing, rag rolling, color blocking, and faux finishing.

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How To Become A Journeyman Painter

Most painters learn their trade on the job. No formal education is typically required to enter the occupation.

Education

There are no specific education requirements to become a painter, but high school courses in mathematics, shop, and blueprint reading can be useful. Also, some 2-year technical schools offer courses through apprenticeships affiliated with union and contractor organizations. Credits earned as part of an apprenticeship program usually count toward an associate’s degree.

Training

Most painters learn their trade on the job. They typically begin by doing simple tasks, such as helping carry materials and laying drop cloths, and then move on to more complicated tasks, such as priming surfaces to be finished.

Some painters learn their trade through a 3- or 4-year apprenticeship, although a few local unions have additional time requirements. For each year of the typical program, apprentices must have at least 144 hours of technical instruction and 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training. Through technical instruction, apprentices learn how to: use and care for tools and equipment, prepare surfaces, mix and match paint, and read blueprints. In addition, they may learn about application techniques, the characteristics of different finishes, including wood finishing, and safety practices. 

After completing an apprenticeship program, painters are considered journey workers and may perform tasks on their own.

Unions and contractors sponsor apprenticeship programs. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans. The basic qualifications to enter an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Physically able to do the work

Although the vast majority of workers learn their trade on the job or through an apprenticeship, some contractors offer their own training program for new workers. The National Association of Home Builders through the Home Builders Institute offer Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate Training (PACT), which covers information for eight construction trades, including painting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Those interested in industrial painting can earn several certifications from NACE International Institute or from the Society for Protective Coatings. The most common certification, from both groups, is called Protective Coating Specialist. Courses range from 1 day to several weeks, depending on the certification program and specialty. Applicants also must meet work experience requirements.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Painters must be able to identify and differentiate between subtle changes in color.

Customer-service skills. Workers who paint the inside and outside of residential homes often interact with clients. They must communicate with the client, listen to what the client wants, and help select colors and application techniques that satisfy the client.

Detail oriented. Painters must be precise when creating or painting edges, because minor flaws can be noticeable.

Physical stamina. Painters should be able to stay physically active for many hours, because they spend most of the day standing with their arms extended while climbing ladders.

Physical strength. Painters must lift and move numerous items during the course of a job. For example, a 5-gallon bucket of paint weighs over 40 pounds.

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Average Yearly Salary
$39,000
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$22,000
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Best Paying Company
Tradesmen International
Highest Paying City
Urban Honolulu, HI
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
6.4 years
How much does a Journeyman Painter make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Journeyman Painter in the United States is $39,037 per year or $19 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $22,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $68,000.

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Top Skills for A Journeyman Painter

  1. Exterior Painting
  2. Surface Prep
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed basic interior and exterior painting tasks while working at heights and from suspended objects in all severe weather conditions.
  • Utilized product data sheets for specifics of surface preparations and applications of coatings being applied on a daily basis.
  • Comply with prescribed safety procedures or federal laws regulating waste disposal methods.
  • Established safe and secure environment for sandblasting work in areas where other work was being performed.
  • Examined and positively identified correct finishes and materials used on architectural restoration job sites.

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Journeyman Painter Demographics

Gender

Male

83.0%

Unknown

11.4%

Female

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

19.7%

Black or African American

9.2%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

70.6%

Venetian

17.6%

Carrier

11.8%

Journeyman Painter Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.5%

Clark College

7.5%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

7.5%

Honolulu Community College

7.5%

College of Southern Nevada

7.5%

Green River Community College

5.0%

Ashford University

5.0%

Madison Area Technical College

5.0%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

5.0%

Lansing Community College

3.8%

Del Mar College

3.8%

Saint Paul College - A Community and Technical College

3.8%

Macomb Community College

3.8%

Lane Community College

3.8%

McNeese State University

3.8%

Bismarck State College

3.8%

South Seattle Community College

3.8%

Saint Paul's College

2.5%

Yavapai College

2.5%

Fresno City College

2.5%
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Majors

Fine Arts

19.9%

Business

16.6%

Graphic Design

6.0%

Construction Management

5.4%

Computer Science

4.8%

Automotive Technology

4.2%

Precision Metal Working

3.9%

General Studies

3.9%

Psychology

3.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.6%

International Business

3.3%

Industrial Technology

3.0%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

3.0%

Heating And Air Conditioning

3.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.7%

Property Management

2.4%

General Education, Specific Areas

2.4%

Education

2.1%

Medical Assisting Services

2.1%
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Degrees

Other

53.1%

Associate

14.6%

Certificate

13.5%

Bachelors

12.7%

Diploma

3.5%

Masters

1.7%

Doctorate

0.6%

License

0.4%
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