What does a Painter do?

A painter, also commonly called a house painter, is a professional who decorates with materials like paint, wallpaper and other finishes on internal and external surfaces. Painters can be self-employed and can also work for construction supervisors as employees. They can also work in the maintenance departments of organizations.

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Working as a Painter

A painter may function in the following ways:

  • Painting houses, cars, buildings and many other things
  • Using different brushes, rollers and electronic spray guns to obtain the right coat and method for excellence-looking paint jobs
  • Getting surfaces ready to receive paint by scraping or sanding
  • Purchasing and mixing paints
  • Making decisions on colors and finishes for the end product
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How much does a Painter make in the United States?

Average base salary
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15.3k salaries reported, updated at Oct 28, 2020
$16.88
per hour

The average salary for a painter is $16.88 per hour in the United States and $5,615 overtime per year.

Additional compensation

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Overtime
$5,615
per year

Most common benefits

  • Paid time off
  • Dental insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Vision insurance
  • Health insurance
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Painter

What are the different types of painting techniques and styles?

There are many different techniques and styles of painting. Some of them are:

  • Acrylic painting
  • Oil painting
  • Digital painting
  • Pastel painting
  • Watercolor painting
  • Ink wash Painting
  • Spray Painting
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What is the future like for painters in terms of jobs prospect?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, painting jobs will grow progressively between 2010 and 2020.

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