|Quick Facts: Painters, Construction and Maintenance|
|2012 Median Pay||
$35,190 per year
$16.92 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||Less than high school|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||316,200|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||20% (Faster than average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||62,600|
Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls, buildings, bridges, and other structures.
Painting requires a lot of climbing, bending, kneeling, and stretching. Most industrial painters work outside, almost always in dry, warm weather. Those who paint bridges or buildings may be exposed to extreme heights and uncomfortable positions.
Although most painters learn their trade on the job, some learn through an apprenticeship.
The median annual wage for construction and maintenance painters was $35,190 in May 2012.
Employment of painters is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Overall job prospects should be good, and opportunities for industrial painters and coaters are expected to be excellent, especially in the Gulf Coast region.
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