How Much Does a Painter Earn in the United States? How many vacancies are there?


39% of painters are self-employed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Painters have a good field of work in the United States. The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that they held about 350,800 jobs in the country in 2020.
39% of painters are directly employed by painting and wallcovering companies. Another 39% work autonomously, 4% work in companies dedicated to the construction of residential buildings and 2% in the government.

Because they work on a variety of structures (bridges, buildings, interiors), it is a trade that requires good physical condition for bending, kneeling, reaching and climbing. It is also necessary not to be afraid of heights, as some painters are suspended from ropes or cables while they work.

How Much Does a Painter Earn in the United States?

A painter earns, on average, $20.25 an hour in the United States, according to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, keep in mind that the figure varies depending on the company, state, specialization and unfortunately – the immigration status of the worker.

The median annual salary for painters in construction and maintenance was $42,130 in 2020. The lowest 10% earned less than $28,290 annually and the highest 10 percent earned more than $70,470 annually.

Types of Painter Jobs in the United States

1. “Commercial painters prepare and paint the interiors and exteriors of offices, businesses, and other non-residential buildings.”
2. “Industrial painters prepare and paint large machinery, such as industrial or manufacturing equipment; vehicles, such as cars and boats; and structures, such as bridges and water towers.”
3. “Residential painters prepare and paint the interiors and exteriors of homes and multi-family residential buildings.”

The type of industry they work in matters. This is the annual average per workplace:

• Government: $58,040 dollars per year.
• Construction of non-residential buildings: $43,930 per year.
• Construction of residential buildings: $42,680 dollars per year.
• Painting and wallcovering companies: $40,850 per year.

Do you need painters in the United States?

The demand for painters in the United States is lower than that of other trades in the construction and maintenance industry. Labor Department officials estimate that employment will grow just 5 percent from 2020 to 2030; that is, it will be slower than the average for all occupations.

About 32,700 openings for painters are projected each year. “Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or leave the workforce, for example, to retire,” notes the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Main Activities Of Painters

• Fill holes and cracks with putty or plaster.
• Prepare surfaces by removing covers from outlets and switches and scraping, wire brushing or sanding to a smooth finish.
• Calculate the size of the area to be painted and the amount of paint needed for the area.
• Apply sealers so that the paint adheres to the surface.
• Apply paint, coatings, or other finishes, using hand brushes, rollers, or sprayers.
The visa required to legally work as a painter in the United States is the H-2B.

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