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Working As A Painter Helper

  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Getting Information
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $30,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Painter Helper Do

Construction laborers and helpers perform many tasks that require physical labor on construction sites.

Duties

Construction laborers and helpers typically do the following:

  • Clean and prepare construction sites by removing debris and possible hazards
  • Load or unload building materials to be used in construction
  • Build or take apart bracing, scaffolding, and temporary structures
  • Dig trenches, backfill holes, or compact earth to prepare for construction
  • Operate or tend equipment and machines used in construction
  • Follow construction plans and instructions from supervisors or more experienced workers
  • Assist craftworkers with their duties

Construction laborers and helpers work on almost all construction sites, performing a wide range of tasks varying in complexity from very easy to extremely difficult and hazardous. Although many of the tasks they perform require some training and experience, most tasks can be learned quickly. 

Construction laborers, are also referred to as construction craft laborers, perform a wide variety of construction-related activities during all phases of construction. Many laborers spend their time preparing and cleaning up construction sites, using tools such as shovels and brooms. Other workers, for example, those on road crews, may specialize and learn to control traffic patterns and operate pavement breakers, jackhammers, earth tampers, or surveying equipment.

With special training, laborers may help transport and use explosives or run hydraulic boring machines to dig out tunnels. They may learn to use lasers to place pipes and to use computers to control robotic pipe cutters. They may become certified to remove asbestos, lead, or chemicals.

Helpers assist construction craftworkers, such as electricians and carpenters, with a variety of tasks. They may carry tools and materials or help set up equipment. For example, many helpers work with cement masons to move and set the forms that determine the shape of poured concrete. Many other helpers assist with taking apart equipment, cleaning up sites, and disposing of waste, as well as helping with any other needs of craftworkers.

Many construction trades have helpers who assist craftworkers. The following trades have associated helpers:

  • Brickmasons, blockmasons, and stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Painters, paperhangers, plasterers, and stucco masons
  • Pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters
  • Roofers

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How To Become A Painter Helper

Construction laborers and helpers learn their trade through on-the-job training (OJT). The length of training depends on the employer and the specialization. Formal education is not typically required.

Education

Although formal education is not typically required, high school classes in mathematics, blueprint reading, welding, and other vocational subjects can be helpful.

To receive further education, some workers attend a trade school or community college.

Training

Construction laborers and helpers learn through OJT after being hired by a construction contractor. Workers typically gain experience by performing tasks under the guidance of experienced workers.

Although the majority of construction laborers and helpers learn by assisting experienced workers, some construction laborers opt for apprenticeship programs. Programs generally include 2 to 4 years of technical instruction and OJT. The Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) requires a minimum of 4,000 hours of OJT, accompanied by 300 hours of related instruction in such areas as signaling, blueprint reading, using proper tools and equipment, and following health and safety procedures. The remainder of the curriculum consists of specialized training in one of these eight areas:

  • Building construction
  • Demolition and deconstruction
  • Environmental remediation
  • Road and utility construction
  • Tunneling
  • Masonry
  • Landscaping
  • Pipeline construction

Several groups, including unions and contractor associations, sponsor apprenticeship programs, which usually have only a basic age qualification—age 18 or older—for entrance. Apprentices must obtain a high school diploma or equivalent before completing their apprenticeship. Some apprenticeship programs have preferred entry for veterans.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Laborers who remove hazardous materials (hazmat) must meet the federal and state requirements for hazardous materials removal workers.

Depending on the work they do, laborers may need specific certifications, which may be attained through LIUNA. Rigging and scaffold building are commonly attained certifications. Certification can help workers prove that they have the knowledge to perform more complex tasks.

Advancement

Through experience and training, construction laborers and helpers can advance into positions that involve more complex tasks. For example, laborers may earn certifications in welding, erecting scaffolding, or finishing concrete, and then spend more time performing those activities. Similarly, helpers sometimes move into construction craft occupations after gaining experience in the field. For example, experience as an electrician’s helper may lead to becoming an apprentice electrician.

Important Qualities

Color vision. Construction laborers and helpers may need to be able to distinguish colors to do their job. For example, an electrician’s helper must be able to distinguish different colors of wire to help the lead electrician.

Math skills. Construction laborers and some helpers need to perform basic math calculations while measuring on jobsites or assisting a surveying crew.

Mechanical skills. Construction laborers are frequently required to operate and maintain equipment, such as jackhammers.

Physical stamina. Construction laborers and helpers must have the endurance to perform strenuous tasks throughout the day. Highway laborers, for example, spend hours on their feet—often in hot temperatures—with few breaks.

Physical strength. Construction laborers and helpers must often lift heavy materials or equipment. For example, cement mason helpers must move cinder blocks, which typically weigh more than 40 pounds each.

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Average Length of Employment
House Painter 3.2 years
Painter 2.8 years
Painter Helper 2.0 years
Painter Assistant 1.9 years
Painter Apprentice 1.9 years
Helper 1.6 years
Top Employers Before
Painter 10.5%
Cashier 10.5%
Helper 9.1%
Cook 5.3%
Server 4.0%
Stocker 3.7%
Operator 3.0%
Welder 2.9%
Porter 2.8%
Top Employers After
Painter 24.1%
Helper 5.9%
Cashier 5.6%
Technician 4.5%
Driver 4.1%
Cook 3.6%
Mechanic 3.5%
Welder 3.5%
Manager 2.9%
Operator 2.9%
Detailer 2.6%

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Painter Helper Demographics

Gender

Male

81.4%

Female

17.8%

Unknown

0.8%
Ethnicity

White

73.3%

Hispanic or Latino

18.9%

Asian

6.1%

Unknown

1.2%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

86.0%

Portuguese

2.3%

Japanese

2.3%

Venetian

2.3%

Carrier

2.3%

Polish

2.3%

Arabic

2.3%
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Painter Helper Education

Schools

Universal Technical Institute

14.3%

University of Phoenix

9.0%

Del Mar College

7.5%

Brazosport College

7.5%

Texarkana College

5.3%

Hinds Community College

4.5%

Delgado Community College

4.5%

Lamar University

4.5%

Baton Rouge Community College

4.5%

Lee College

4.5%

Nashville Auto Diesel College Inc

3.8%

Houston Community College

3.8%

South Texas College

3.8%

San Bernardino Valley College

3.8%

Lincoln College of Technology - Indianapolis

3.8%

Pima Community College

3.0%

Sowela Technical Community College

3.0%

Pearl River Community College

3.0%

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

3.0%

San Antonio College

3.0%
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Majors

Automotive Technology

19.0%

Business

15.4%

General Studies

8.1%

Precision Metal Working

6.8%

Criminal Justice

5.7%

Fine Arts

5.0%

Accounting

4.1%

Industrial Technology

3.4%

Psychology

3.4%

Nursing

3.2%

Biology

3.2%

Kinesiology

2.9%

Electrical Engineering

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.5%

Computer Science

2.5%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Medical Assisting Services

2.5%

Heating And Air Conditioning

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.3%

Graphic Design

2.3%
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Degrees

Other

56.1%

Associate

14.9%

Bachelors

13.6%

Certificate

8.4%

Diploma

5.3%

Masters

1.0%

License

0.6%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Painter Helper Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Painter Helper Russ Nelson Painting & Contracting Green Brook, NJ Jun 07, 2012 $36,795
Painter Helper Roadrunner Drywall Corp. Phoenix, AZ Apr 06, 2016 $32,244
Helper of Painter Unforgettable Coatings of Arizona LLC Mesa, AZ Apr 06, 2016 $32,244
Painter-Helper Urban Bros Painting San Rafael, CA Jul 03, 2016 $31,928
Painter-Helper Urban Bros Painting San Rafael, CA Nov 24, 2014 $31,928
Helper Painter Log Care, Inc. WY May 12, 2015 $31,305
Helper Painter Log Care, Inc. Alta, WY Apr 01, 2016 $31,305
Helpers-Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers Placido Painting, Co. Boston, MA Sep 01, 2011 $30,950
Painter Helpers American Decorating, Inc. IL Apr 01, 2015 $29,781
Helpers Painting Monk's Home Improvements NJ Feb 14, 2014 $29,176
Painter Helper Rutgers Painting NJ Feb 01, 2011 $28,842
Painter Helper Jim Field and Sons Inc. East Hampton, NY Apr 01, 2016 $27,653
Painter Helper Alfieri Painting and Decorating Inc. Syosset, NY Mar 15, 2016 $27,548
Painters Helper Shore Painting, Inc. Southampton, NY Apr 01, 2016 $27,486
Painter Helpers Town and Country Painting Inc. Cleveland, MO Apr 01, 2016 $27,465
Painter Helper Cal-Pro Painting, Inc. Roseville, CA Mar 15, 2016 $27,131 -
$31,305
Painter Helpers Town & Country Painting Inc. KS Apr 01, 2015 $27,006
Painter Helper Roadrunner Drywall Corp. Las Vegas, NV Apr 03, 2016 $26,630
Helper of Painter Unforgettable Coatings Inc. Las Vegas, NV Apr 19, 2016 $26,630
Helper Painter and Powerwasher Rafferty Painting & Powerwashing Inc. DE Apr 20, 2015 $24,460
Painter Helper PH Construction, Inc. TX Mar 15, 2015 $24,293
Helper of Painter Unforgettable Coatings Inc. of Utah Lehi, UT Apr 18, 2016 $23,959
Painter Helpers American Decorating, Inc. IL Apr 15, 2014 $23,145
Painters Helper JLA Construction, LLC SC May 04, 2015 $23,020
Painter Helper Anjel's Home Repair and Construction Inc. Flagstaff, AZ Jan 14, 2008 $22,957
Painter Helper Anjel's Home Repair and Construction Inc. Flagstaff, AZ Mar 12, 2008 $22,957
Helpers-Painters Quick Steel Fabrication Inc. Johnston, IA Apr 18, 2016 $22,957

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Top Skills for A Painter Helper

PaintingEquipmentSurfacePreparationSandPaperComponentPartsPrepCarsSafetyRulesProtectiveCoveringsWashJobSiteSmoothSurfacesEpoxyCompoundsHandToolsPlasterArticlesCustomerServiceRemovalAutoBodyInspectWireBrushesDropClothsPersonalProtectiveEquipment

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  1. Painting Equipment
  2. Surface Preparation
  3. Sand Paper
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Helped with cleaning job site and all our painting equipment at the end of each day and end of the job.
  • Perform final surface preparation of component parts which includes washing, wiping clean any unnecessary remains.
  • Strip wood finishes using a variety of chemicals and sand paper.
  • Apply coating system to component parts using spray gun, related equipment.
  • Paint Cars and Car PartsPrep Cars and Parts to be PaintedSand Car PartsAssemble Cars when finished PaintingClean, Wax and Vacuum Cars

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