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The average painter brought in a little more than $38,590 in 2012, or approximately $18.55 per hour. The highest-paid took home about $60,240 while the lowest-paid earned $22,980 in that same period. The motion picture and video, and electric power generation, transmission and distribution industries compensate painters best. Some of the highest-earning metropolitan areas for the profession are Kankakee-Bradley, Ill., Champaign-Urbana, Ill., and Fairbanks, Alaska.

Job Salary Year
2004 $32,930.00
2006 $33,660.00
2008 $35,580.00
2010 $36,480.00
2012 $38,590.00

Average Painter Pay vs. All Construction Jobs

Painting jobs pay less than several other construction jobs. Painters earned a modest $38,590 in 2012, less than what carpenters, cost estimators, electricians and plumbers earned. Plumbers, by comparison, earn a mean salary of $52,950.

Job Name Salary
Construction Manager $82,790.00
Cost Estimator $58,860.00
Electrician $49,840.00
Plumber $49,140.00
Carpenter $39,940.00
Painter $35,190.00

Best Paying Cities for Painters

The highest paid in the painter profession work in the metropolitan areas of Kankakee, Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, and Fairbanks, Arkansas. The Haverhill and N. Andover, Massachusetts area also pays well, as does the city of Vallejo, California.

Kankakee, Illinois

Average Salary: $74,650 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a painter working in Kankakee, Illinois is $74,650, which is $39,460 more than the average pay in the profession.

Champaign, Illinois

Average Salary: $61,520 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a painter working in Champaign, Illinois is $61,520, which is $26,330 more than the average pay in the profession.

Fairbanks, Arkansas

Average Salary: $58,590 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a painter working in Fairbanks, Arkansas is $58,590, which is $23,400 more than the average pay in the profession.

Haverhill and N. Andover, Massachusetts

Average Salary: $57,950 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a painter working in Haverhill and N. Andover, Massachusetts is $57,950, which is $22,760 more than the average pay in the profession.

Vallejo, California

Average Salary: $53,360 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a painter working in Vallejo, California is $53,360, which is $18,170 more than the average pay in the profession.

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