Nationwide

PAINTER

Description:

Looking for a job that allows you to express your creative side? Or a job that has design influence on homes? If so, a painter may be the fit for you! Work with homeowners and drywall crews to understand the wall space you need to paint and which colors. Depending on the project, exterior painting may get you working outdoors and selecting the right paint for the job is important!

More about a career as a painter:

Career Development:

  • Fill cracks, holes, or joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers, using caulking guns or putty knives.

  • Smooth surfaces, using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines.

  • Read work orders or receive instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements.

  • Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats.

  • Apply paint, stain, varnish, enamel, or other finishes to equipment, buildings, bridges, or other structures, using brushes, spray guns, or rollers.

  • Mix and match colors of paint, stain, or varnish with oil or thinning and drying additives to obtain desired colors and consistencies.

  • Cut stencils and brush or spray lettering or decorations on surfaces.

Day In The Life of a Painter:

Employment & Wage Statistics

Job growth (2019-2026)
-
5%
6%
Nationwide
Statewide
Regional
Job openings (2019-2016)
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620
41,400
Regional
Hourly wage range
$11.10
$17.11
$22.29

Median

Annual wage range
$23,090
$35,590
$46,350
Statewide
Hourly wage range
$12.53
$18.25
$28.41
Annual wage range
$26,070
$37,950
$59,090
Nationwide
Hourly wage range
$13.04
$19.37
$32.48
Annual wage range
$27,130
$40,280
$67,560
For more information on careers as a painter:
ONET Summary Report - Painters

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