Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance

Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency. Excludes "Paperhangers" (47-2142).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
189,840 1.4 % $18.08 $37,610 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.80 $13.22 $16.48 $21.59 $28.12
Annual Wage (2) $22,450 $27,500 $34,280 $44,910 $58,480


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 126,320 18.98 $17.62 $36,650
Residential Building Construction 9,470 1.60 $15.99 $33,270
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,860 0.11 $22.71 $47,230
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,130 0.77 $18.56 $38,610
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 4,220 0.79 $16.70 $34,730

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 126,320 18.98 $17.62 $36,650
Ship and Boat Building 2,230 1.78 $18.99 $39,490
Residential Building Construction 9,470 1.60 $15.99 $33,270
Other Specialty Trade Contractors 4,220 0.79 $16.70 $34,730
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,130 0.77 $18.56 $38,610

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 130 0.04 $31.04 $64,570
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing 60 0.04 $30.14 $62,690
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $29.00 $60,310
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services 290 0.24 $27.21 $56,590
Postal Service 90 0.01 $26.42 $54,950


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 25,250 1.80 1.21 $20.38 $42,390
Texas 16,570 1.64 1.10 $14.83 $30,850
Florida 13,570 1.91 1.28 $14.62 $30,410
New York 12,970 1.55 1.04 $22.41 $46,620
Illinois 8,190 1.48 0.99 $24.59 $51,140




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 5,370 2.93 1.96 $15.94 $33,150
Hawaii 1,470 2.58 1.73 $23.72 $49,350
Washington 6,790 2.52 1.69 $18.77 $39,040
Maine 1,230 2.14 1.43 $18.61 $38,710
Montana 880 2.07 1.39 $17.11 $35,580




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 8,190 1.48 0.99 $24.59 $51,140
Nevada 2,220 2.00 1.34 $23.90 $49,720
Hawaii 1,470 2.58 1.73 $23.72 $49,350
District of Columbia 460 0.72 0.48 $23.07 $47,980
New York 12,970 1.55 1.04 $22.41 $46,620

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 8,130 1.63 1.09 $22.07 $45,900
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 5,350 1.51 1.01 $25.70 $53,460
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 5,240 1.37 0.92 $18.33 $38,120
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,120 2.05 1.37 $15.81 $32,880
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,490 2.54 1.70 $19.57 $40,710
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,380 2.51 1.68 $18.29 $38,030
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,240 1.92 1.29 $15.77 $32,790
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,090 2.50 1.67 $22.04 $45,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,070 1.34 0.90 $19.02 $39,570
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,540 2.11 1.41 $26.62 $55,360




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX 1,520 9.78 6.55 $15.32 $31,860
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 560 7.12 4.77 $22.09 $45,940
Warner Robins, GA 290 5.02 3.36 $23.06 $47,960
Jacksonville, NC 220 4.99 3.34 $14.72 $30,620
Lake Charles, LA 430 4.91 3.29 $15.94 $33,150
Gulfport-Biloxi, MS 490 4.86 3.25 $14.93 $31,040
Portsmouth, NH-ME 250 4.59 3.07 $22.18 $46,130
Naples-Marco Island, FL 450 4.15 2.78 $13.43 $27,930
Pascagoula, MS 220 3.99 2.67 $16.54 $34,400
Olympia, WA 370 3.93 2.63 $16.73 $34,800