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Painter Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$34,000
$24,000
$34,000
$49,000
Painters in the United States make an average salary of $35,001 per year or $16.83 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $24,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $49,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, New Jersey, California, New Hampshire, and Vermont provide the highest painter salaries.
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Map of Painter Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Painters earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

Average Salary

Average Painter Salary By Location

While a painter can average a salary of $35,001 per year, or $16.83 per hour, there are many opportunities for painters to make more. For example, in Los Angeles, CA you might make $44,050 per year. Other high-paying locations include Salt Lake City, UT, New York, NY and Seattle, WA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Los Angeles, CA where the average starting salary is $28,000. The highest paying states for painters include Alaska, New Jersey and California. Meanwhile, Michigan, South Carolina, and Oklahoma offer the lowest salaries.

City
Average Salary
Salt Lake City, UT
Salt Lake City, UT
$40,416
$40k
Hastings, NE
Hastings, NE
$38,365
$38k
Lake Havasu City, AZ
Lake Havasu City, AZ
$37,924
$38k
Eugene, OR
Eugene, OR
$36,131
$36k

High Paying Painter Jobs

Average Painter Salary By Company

If you insist on knowing when your check is going to come and for how much, then you'd be better off working for companies like Sony Corporation of America and J&S Construction Company as they offer the highest salaries for painters.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Painter Salary History

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    Average Painter Pay By Industry

    As we previously stated, painter salaries can vary depending on the industry. In fact, our data shows that construction, manufacturing, and technology companies tend to offer much higher salaries for painters. For example, painters make a whopping average salary of $35,540 while working for construction companies. Meanwhile, other people in this field are making $35,048 at manufacturing companies and $34,929 at technology companies. But painters may want to avoid working in the professional industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $34,634.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Construction
    Construction
    $35,540
    $36k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $35,048
    $35k
    Technology
    Technology
    $34,929
    $35k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $34,743
    $35k
    Retail
    Retail
    $34,667
    $35k
    Professional
    Professional
    $34,634
    $35k

    Painter Salary By Experience Level

    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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    $33,392
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