Updated August 18, 2021
Average Painter Salary
$15.15 hourly
$31,000 yearly

Entry level Salary
$24,000 yearly
$24,000
10 %
$31,000
Median
$40,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$40,000
$3,333
$19
75th Percentile
$35,000
$2,917
$17
Average
$31,503
$2,625
$15
25th Percentile
$27,000
$2,250
$13
10th Percentile
$24,000
$2,000
$12

Average Painter Salary By State

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Painter average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$30,506
$14.67
Alaska
$30,621
$14.72
Arizona
$31,615
$15.20
Arkansas
$27,575
$13.26
California
$44,788
$21.53
Colorado
$33,178
$15.95
Connecticut
$41,625
$20.01
Delaware
$32,779
$15.76
District of Columbia
$31,171
$14.99
Florida
$28,623
$13.76
Georgia
$31,259
$15.03
Hawaii
$30,241
$14.54
Idaho
$28,682
$13.79
Illinois
$34,273
$16.48
Indiana
$32,647
$15.70
Iowa
$29,131
$14.01
Kansas
$26,312
$12.65
Kentucky
$26,940
$12.95
Louisiana
$30,610
$14.72
Maine
$35,637
$17.13
Maryland
$31,684
$15.23
Massachusetts
$41,791
$20.09
Michigan
$30,928
$14.87
Minnesota
$37,507
$18.03
Mississippi
$28,391
$13.65
Missouri
$28,919
$13.90
Montana
$30,815
$14.81
Nebraska
$26,713
$12.84
Nevada
$37,427
$17.99
New Hampshire
$37,037
$17.81
New Jersey
$46,532
$22.37
New Mexico
$30,541
$14.68
New York
$37,578
$18.07
North Carolina
$25,025
$12.03
North Dakota
$35,787
$17.21
Ohio
$30,909
$14.86
Oklahoma
$30,204
$14.52
Oregon
$33,351
$16.03
Pennsylvania
$33,799
$16.25
Rhode Island
$37,251
$17.91
South Carolina
$26,275
$12.63
South Dakota
$30,117
$14.48
Tennessee
$27,283
$13.12
Texas
$27,894
$13.41
Utah
$32,475
$15.61
Vermont
$36,631
$17.61
Virginia
$33,304
$16.01
Washington
$35,824
$17.22
West Virginia
$32,104
$15.43
Wisconsin
$33,983
$16.34
Wyoming
$35,567
$17.10

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Highest Paying Cities For Painter

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Los Angeles, CA
$44,652
$21.47
New York, NY
$37,476
$18.02
Saint Paul, MN
$37,471
$18.01
Vancouver, WA
$37,203
$17.89
Eau Claire, WI
$34,711
$16.69
Evanston, IL
$34,502
$16.59

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How much does a Painter make?

  • The average painter makes $31,503 in the United States.
  • The average hourly pay for a painter is $15.15.
  • The average entry-level painter salary is $24,000.
  • Highest paying states for painter are New Jersey ($46,532), California ($44,788), Massachusetts ($46,532) and Connecticut ($46,532).
  • Highest paying cities for painter are Los Angeles, CA ($44,652), New York, NY, Saint Paul, MN, Vancouver, WA and Eau Claire, WI.
  • Painters on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $40,000.
  • The best-paid 25% made $35,000 that year, while the lowest-paid 25$ made $27,000
  • Industries with the highest painter salaries are technology, energy and manufacturing.

Average Painter Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $31,500
    $15.15
    +2.5%
    2020
    $30,700
    $14.76
    +1.0%
    2019
    $30,400
    $14.61
    +2.6%
    2018
    $29,600
    $14.23
    +1.7%
    2017
    $29,100
    $13.98
    +1.6%

    How Much Do Painters Make In Different Industries?

    As we previously stated, painter salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that technology, energy, and manufacturing companies tend to offer much higher salaries for painters. For example, painters make a whopping average salary of $33,392 while working for technology companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $32,923 at energy companies and $32,303 at manufacturing companies. But painters may want to avoid working in the government industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $28,799.
    RankIndustryAverage Painter SalaryPainter Salary Range
    1Technology
    $33,392
    $26k
    $36k
    2Energy
    $32,923
    $26k
    $36k
    3Manufacturing
    $32,303
    $26k
    $36k
    4Construction
    $31,781
    $26k
    $36k
    5Retail
    $31,202
    $26k
    $36k
    6Government
    $28,799
    $26k
    $36k

    High Paying Painter Jobs

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Mason

    Avg. salary: $45,143

    A mason is responsible for shaping artificial mineral products, concrete blocks, stone pieces, and bricks to create structures essential for construction or other building purposes using various machinery and equipment, following the highest safety standards and production procedures. Masons analyze schematics and blueprints, applying the clients' specifications and customization to their product expertise. They also inspect tools and equipment, ensuring that the materials are free from any defects to avoid hazards and construction delays.
    11,113 Mason Jobs
    Industrial Painter

    Avg. salary: $32,157

    An industrial painter specializes in providing painting services to industries such as construction and manufacturing. They typically paint, clean, or varnish various types of surfaces. Aside from walls and buildings, they may also paint cars and other materials. An industrial painter mostly works with a team of other painters, adhering to deadlines and manager directives. Furthermore, as an industrial painter, it is essential to maintain an active communication line with staff for a smooth and efficient workflow.
    12,570 Industrial Painter Jobs
    Journeyman Painter

    Avg. salary: $34,954

    A Journeyman Painter specializes in painting walls and other surfaces according to project needs. Aside from applying paint, a journeyman painter is also responsible for cleaning and scraping off the dirt to prepare the painting procedures, identify client preferences, select equipment, and technique, and apply other finishes. They must also monitor their supplies and maintain the cleanliness of their work areas. Moreover, a Journeyman Painter typically works in a team setting, which requires an active communication line for a smooth and efficient workflow.
    5,429 Journeyman Painter Jobs
    Painter Apprentice

    Avg. salary: $32,825

    Painter Apprentices work for an organization either full time or part-time while undertaking formal training on the job. Their duties include working out needed materials quantity through job specifications, drawings, or surface measurements, and erecting structures to protect the area from paint such as ladders, scaffoldings, and drop sheets. Painter Apprentices are responsible for removing old paint, preparing surfaces, selecting paints, rolling, brushing, and spraying paint, wallpapering, and putting on decorative finishes such as marbling, color glaze, and stencils.
    6,291 Painter Apprentice Jobs
    Blaster/Painter

    Avg. salary: $38,468

    A blaster/painter specializes in applying paint and coating on different surfaces through a manual application or spraying system. They are responsible for understanding project requirements, preparing tools and surfaces, mixing paint, sealing cracks, filling dents, and operating blasting equipment and spray guns according to protocols and regulations. There are also times when a blaster/painter may climb up high places, clean work areas, and purchase supplies. Moreover, as a blaster/painter, it is essential to maintain an active and transparent communication line with staff to ensure a safe and efficient workflow.
    3,076 Blaster/Painter Jobs
    Painter Helper

    Avg. salary: $24,591

    A painter helper is a specialist who assists the principal painter with the preparation of a room, building, car, or other objects. You will be responsible for the preliminary work before the actual painting, such as preparing the work area, scraping off old paint, buffing and sanding surfaces, and applying filler and taping. Paint helpers are essential for the efficient and timely completion of a painting project. They are primarily in the automotive, home, or construction industries, where most painting work is done.
    17,112 Painter Helper Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Mason
    $45,143
    $3,762
    $21.70
    11,113
    Industrial Painter
    $32,158
    $2,680
    $15.46
    12,570
    Journeyman Painter
    $34,955
    $2,913
    $16.81
    5,429
    Painter Apprentice
    $32,825
    $2,735
    $15.78
    6,291
    Blaster/Painter
    $38,468
    $3,206
    $18.49
    3,076
    Painter Helper
    $24,592
    $2,049
    $11.82
    17,112
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    Painter Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a painter can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

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    Recently Added Painter Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Painter
    Plymouth, IN
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Boyne USA
    Painter
    Painter
    Petoskey, MI
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
    Painter
    Bossier City, LA
    08/31/2021
    $56,912
    08/31/2021
    McWane
    Hydrant Painter (Utility)
    Hydrant Painter (Utility)
    Oskaloosa, IA
    08/31/2021
    $44,098
    08/31/2021
    Painter
    Grand Rapids, MI
    08/31/2021
    $33,392
    08/31/2021
    Painter
    Macedonia, OH
    08/31/2021
    $52,175
    08/31/2021
    Painter
    Tacoma, WA
    08/31/2021
    $31,305
    08/31/2021
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    Center, TX
    08/31/2021
    $39,653
    08/31/2021
    Painter
    Downers Grove, IL
    08/31/2021
    $37,566
    08/31/2021
    Painter
    Glen Burnie, MD
    08/31/2021
    $39,653
    08/31/2021

    Average Painter Salary by Demographic

    Painter Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $37,038
    female-income
    Female Income
    $34,665
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$37,038
    Female$34,665
    Median Painter Income by Race
    Asian painters have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino painters have the lowest average salary at $34,076.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$36,061
    Black or African American$36,228
    Asian$37,275
    Hispanic or Latino$34,076
    Average Painter Salary by Education Level
    Painters with a Bachelors degree earn more than those without, at $37,151 annually. With a High School Diploma degree, painters earn a median annual income of $37,038 compared to $36,480 for painters with an Associate degree.
    $40,000
    $32,000
    $24,000
    $16,000
    $8,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    No Education
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$37,038
    No Education$34,742
    Bachelor's Degree$37,151
    Some College/ Associate Degree$36,480