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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

Paint, coat, or decorate articles, such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather. Excludes “Artists and Related Workers" (27-1010), “Designers” (27-1020), “Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators” (51-9151), and “Etchers and Engravers” (51-9194).


National estimates for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers
Industry profile for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers
Geographic profile for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

National estimates for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,850 4.5 % $ 18.39 $ 38,250 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 12.59 $ 14.43 $ 17.95 $ 22.04 $ 24.39
Annual Wage (2) $ 26,190 $ 30,010 $ 37,330 $ 45,850 $ 50,720


Industry profile for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,550 0.56 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,310 1.06 $ 15.79 $ 32,850
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 890 0.27 $ 17.35 $ 36,080
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 830 0.09 $ 20.21 $ 42,030
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 680 0.17 $ 17.66 $ 36,720

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities 1,310 1.06 $ 15.79 $ 32,850
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 1,550 0.56 $ 18.19 $ 37,840
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 50 0.43 $ 14.73 $ 30,640
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing (3371 and 3372 only) 890 0.27 $ 17.35 $ 36,080
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing 680 0.17 $ 17.66 $ 36,720

Top paying industries for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 90 (7) $ 29.32 $ 60,980
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 80 (7) $ 28.86 $ 60,040
Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance 90 0.12 $ 23.81 $ 49,530
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (8) (8) $ 23.58 $ 49,040
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 40 0.01 $ 22.65 $ 47,120


Geographic profile for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

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



Map of employment of painting, coating, and decorating workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,320 0.08 0.95 $ 20.58 $ 42,800
Tennessee 1,030 0.35 4.12 $ 18.79 $ 39,080
Indiana 880 0.29 3.50 $ 17.10 $ 35,560
Texas 830 0.07 0.81 $ 14.87 $ 30,930
New Jersey 640 0.17 1.98 $ 19.62 $ 40,810


Map of location quotient of painting, coating, and decorating workers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 230 0.55 6.56 $ 17.65 $ 36,720
Tennessee 1,030 0.35 4.12 $ 18.79 $ 39,080
Indiana 880 0.29 3.50 $ 17.10 $ 35,560
Iowa 260 0.18 2.10 $ 18.41 $ 38,290
New Jersey 640 0.17 1.98 $ 19.62 $ 40,810


Map of annual mean wages of painting, coating, and decorating workers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 40 0.13 1.56 $ 35.08 $ 72,960
Georgia 230 0.05 0.61 $ 21.04 $ 43,750
Washington 160 0.05 0.58 $ 21.00 $ 43,680
California 1,320 0.08 0.95 $ 20.58 $ 42,800
New York 520 0.06 0.72 $ 20.20 $ 42,010



Map of employment of painting, coating, and decorating workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 590 0.07 0.81 $ 20.03 $ 41,660
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 560 0.10 1.16 $ 19.93 $ 41,460
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 300 0.30 3.60 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 270 0.06 0.75 $ 19.85 $ 41,290
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 260 0.07 0.88 $ 14.87 $ 30,930
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 220 0.08 1.01 $ 19.63 $ 40,830
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.09 1.08 $ 25.38 $ 52,790
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 180 1.32 15.75 $ 18.82 $ 39,150
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 180 0.12 1.43 $ 18.13 $ 37,710
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 170 0.07 0.80 $ 21.30 $ 44,310


Map of location quotient of painting, coating, and decorating workers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 180 1.32 15.75 $ 18.82 $ 39,150
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 40 0.71 8.41 $ 20.93 $ 43,540
Sioux Falls, SD 90 0.59 6.97 $ 17.92 $ 37,270
Fort Wayne, IN 120 0.56 6.67 $ 18.00 $ 37,440
Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA 30 0.39 4.66 $ 19.62 $ 40,810
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 50 0.36 4.28 $ 16.65 $ 34,640
Springfield, MA-CT 110 0.34 4.09 $ 19.10 $ 39,720
Peoria, IL 50 0.30 3.60 $ 17.07 $ 35,500
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN 300 0.30 3.60 $ 18.92 $ 39,350
Lexington-Fayette, KY 70 0.27 3.20 $ 15.77 $ 32,800


Map of annual mean wages of painting, coating, and decorating workers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 200 0.09 1.08 $ 25.38 $ 52,790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.08 0.91 $ 21.62 $ 44,960
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 170 0.07 0.80 $ 21.30 $ 44,310
Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ 40 0.71 8.41 $ 20.93 $ 43,540
Tulsa, OK 60 0.14 1.61 $ 20.79 $ 43,240
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 100 0.05 0.63 $ 20.68 $ 43,010
Kansas City, MO-KS 100 0.10 1.20 $ 20.63 $ 42,900
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 120 0.05 0.54 $ 20.61 $ 42,860
Columbus, OH 50 0.05 0.56 $ 20.56 $ 42,760
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 80 0.06 0.68 $ 20.34 $ 42,300

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 240 1.93 22.98 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 210 1.05 12.49 $ 15.45 $ 32,140
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.93 11.00 $ 17.76 $ 36,930
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 70 0.21 2.55 $ 17.80 $ 37,030
Hill Country Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.33 3.90 $ 16.85 $ 35,040

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 240 1.93 22.98 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 210 1.05 12.49 $ 15.45 $ 32,140
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 120 0.93 11.00 $ 17.76 $ 36,930
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 40 0.42 4.97 $ 18.03 $ 37,500
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 4.41 $ 19.61 $ 40,780

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 240 1.93 22.98 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Northeast Iowa nonmetropolitan area 30 0.35 4.14 $ 19.74 $ 41,060
Northwest Iowa nonmetropolitan area 50 0.37 4.41 $ 19.61 $ 40,780
South Nebraska nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 4.29 $ 18.35 $ 38,170
Southeast Oklahoma nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 3.70 $ 18.17 $ 37,790


About May 2021 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022