Average Painter Salary Nationwide


Overview and Basic Information


Painters are key to the construction, design and home improvement industry. They are the professionals who step in to add the finishing touches and make a complex project look complete. People who are painters are extremely detail-oriented and thrive on the satisfaction of a job well done.

Example painter job description

Our company is searching for an organized leader to fill the open painter role on our team. The painter finishes our interior and exterior design projects. Typical responsibilities of the painter include painting the interior and exterior surfaces of buildings and contributing to design plans. The ideal person for this position will be goal-oriented, punctual and detail-driven. If you are someone who enjoys leaving your mark and has experience in professional painting, we want you to apply!

Typical duties include:

  • Prepare surfaces for painting by sanding and scraping

  • Paint the interior and exterior surfaces of buildings, complete paint touch-ups 

  • Communicate with contractors, architects and construction crews regarding planning

  • Manage the building of scaffolding and other painting equipment

  • Maintain inventory of paint and painting tools such as rollers, spray guns, paint brushes, paint pails, drop cloths and more

  • Mix paints to create the correct colors for jobs

  • Create and give bid prices for new painting jobs

  • Comply with health and safety protocols to ensure a satisfactory work environment


  • High school diploma or GED

  • Previous experience as a painter

  • Previous experience with painting materials and knowledge of paints

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Proven attention to detail

  • Time-management skills

  • Ability to climb ladders and scaffolding

  • Ability to lift heavy equipment

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time

Preferred qualifications:

  • Completion of a painting apprenticeship

Common questions about painter jobs

How much does a painter make?

The average full-time painter makes $17.84 per hour.

What are the education requirements?

Although there are no strict education requirements for painters, most employers prefer painters who have a high school diploma or GED and who have completed a painting apprenticeship.

Career paths for painters

Many painters begin their careers on a painting team and advance to team leaders or move on to start their own painting companies.

The future of painters

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for painters are expected to grow by 2% over the next 10 years, which is slower than the average occupation.

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