Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

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)
184,820 1.5 % $18.67 $38,830 0.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.14 $13.52 $17.04 $22.25 $28.93
Annual Wage (2) $23,170 $28,120 $35,430 $46,280 $60,170


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 121,890 19.32 $18.28 $38,020
Residential Building Construction 10,050 1.74 $16.71 $34,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,560 0.10 $23.20 $48,260
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,800 0.74 $18.96 $39,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,060 0.20 $23.96 $49,840

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 121,890 19.32 $18.28 $38,020
Ship and Boat Building 2,270 1.83 $19.52 $40,590
Residential Building Construction 10,050 1.74 $16.71 $34,760
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,510 0.85 $21.19 $44,080
Nonresidential Building Construction 4,800 0.74 $18.96 $39,440

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 160 0.04 $34.72 $72,220
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 110 0.03 $29.64 $61,660
Postal Service 80 0.01 $26.41 $54,930
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 80 0.04 $24.64 $51,250
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,060 0.20 $23.96 $49,840


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 23,930 1.70 1.18 $20.97 $43,620
Texas 15,870 1.54 1.07 $15.19 $31,600
New York 13,200 1.57 1.09 $23.44 $48,760
Florida 12,530 1.75 1.22 $15.29 $31,790
Illinois 7,790 1.40 0.97 $24.55 $51,060




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)
Hawaii 1,830 3.17 2.20 $24.77 $51,510
Louisiana 5,030 2.74 1.90 $16.42 $34,150
Washington 6,680 2.46 1.70 $20.02 $41,650
Wyoming 660 2.43 1.69 $16.74 $34,830
Maine 1,220 2.12 1.47 $20.00 $41,600




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 1,830 3.17 2.20 $24.77 $51,510
Illinois 7,790 1.40 0.97 $24.55 $51,060
Nevada 2,270 2.04 1.42 $24.39 $50,740
District of Columbia 470 0.73 0.51 $23.72 $49,340
New York 13,200 1.57 1.09 $23.44 $48,760





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 8,880 1.75 1.22 $23.64 $49,170
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,500 1.53 1.07 $25.31 $52,640
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 5,130 2.01 1.40 $16.25 $33,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,370 1.14 0.79 $19.45 $40,450
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,320 2.69 1.86 $20.30 $42,230
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,280 2.40 1.66 $19.52 $40,600
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 3,180 1.87 1.30 $16.53 $34,370
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,130 2.26 1.57 $20.67 $42,990
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,090 1.34 0.93 $19.74 $41,050
St. Louis, MO-IL 2,510 1.98 1.37 $22.69 $47,190