The Essential Painter Salary Guide for 2022

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If you’re looking to hire a painter to join your team, you probably have some questions about what to pay them. To help you, we’ve put together the essential painter salary guide with up-to-date, crowdsourced data courtesy of Payscale. Below, you will find painter salary information based on national averages, years of experience, job title, and geographic location. The data is for painters working in the construction and maintenance industry, unless otherwise specified.

How much do painters make in the United States?

There are a few factors that will affect the salary you pay your painters. Things to ask yourself include:

  • How much does a painter earn on average in the U.S.?
  • How much do painters make in the state where they live?
  • How much do construction and maintenance painters make compared to industrial painters?
  • Painters earn $38,476 per year on average
  • A painter’s hourly rate is $17.00 on average
  • Painters start at $30,123 per year on average
  • Industrial painters earn $40,598 per year on average

Average Painter Salary in the U.S.

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To help you understand how to determine what you pay your employees, we have provided a detailed breakdown of painter salaries by state and by years of experience.


Use this information to ensure you are paying fair wages in your state to help attract and retain top performers.

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State-by-state average painter salaries

Where your painter works will affect their average income. To illustrate, painters working in California earn $46,279 on average, whereas painters earn $35,740 in Texas and $35,415 in Florida.

Average Salary by State (USD)

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  • $46,000-$49,999
  • $42,000-$45,999
  • $38,000-$41,999
  • $34,000-$37,999
  • $30,000-$33,999

Painter salaries by years of experience

Painters’ salaries increase as they earn experience. Here are national averages based on their levels of experience.

Average Salary by Experience (USD)

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< 3 yrs
$30,123
3-6 yrs
$35,021
7-11 yrs
$38,644
12-18 yrs
$41,910
19+ yrs
$46,682

Painter salaries by job title

Painter salaries vary depending on their specialty. Here are the national averages for construction and maintenance painters and industrial painters.

Average Salary by Job Title (USD)
Construction and Maintenance Painter
$38,476
Industrial Painter
$40,598

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“The pool of skilled laborers is limited”

Everyone on my team is paid above-average wages for our area, and I offer bonuses and profit-sharing from commercial projects.

Tym O’Laughlin
Owner, Tymo Paints