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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
232,760 1.3 % $21.46 $44,640 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.04 $15.92 $19.37 $25.62 $32.48
Annual Wage (2) $27,130 $33,120 $40,280 $53,290 $67,560


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 156,650 18.66 $21.00 $43,690
Residential Building Construction 16,060 1.98 $21.09 $43,860
Nonresidential Building Construction 7,340 0.88 $22.75 $47,320
Real Estate 5,500 0.33 $20.87 $43,400
Employment Services 3,960 0.11 $18.70 $38,900

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 156,650 18.66 $21.00 $43,690
Residential Building Construction 16,060 1.98 $21.09 $43,860
Nonresidential Building Construction 7,340 0.88 $22.75 $47,320
Ship and Boat Building 1,040 0.74 $24.28 $50,510
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,530 0.72 $23.05 $47,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 80 0.02 $34.95 $72,700
Scientific Research and Development Services 100 0.01 $31.07 $64,620
General Merchandise Stores (8) (8) $31.05 $64,590
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 3,710 0.07 $30.11 $62,620
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods (4242 and 4246 only) (8) (8) $29.98 $62,370


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 38,510 2.22 1.40 $25.00 $52,000
Texas 20,350 1.64 1.03 $17.75 $36,910
Florida 18,950 2.15 1.36 $17.52 $36,440
New York 15,050 1.58 1.00 $25.25 $52,520
Washington 9,720 2.93 1.85 $21.56 $44,840




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)
Idaho 2,270 3.13 1.97 $16.41 $34,130
Louisiana 5,820 3.03 1.91 $21.82 $45,380
Washington 9,720 2.93 1.85 $21.56 $44,840
Hawaii 1,820 2.87 1.81 $26.94 $56,030
Nevada 3,890 2.79 1.76 $22.20 $46,180




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 410 1.29 0.82 $27.67 $57,560
Hawaii 1,820 2.87 1.81 $26.94 $56,030
New Jersey 4,600 1.12 0.71 $26.86 $55,870
Massachusetts 5,070 1.40 0.88 $26.35 $54,810
District of Columbia 300 0.42 0.26 $25.68 $53,420





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 14,940 1.55 0.98 $26.38 $54,870
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 11,940 1.91 1.21 $25.07 $52,140
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8,840 2.90 1.83 $17.80 $37,030
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 7,130 1.52 0.96 $25.93 $53,940
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 6,410 2.59 1.64 $32.58 $67,770
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 5,770 2.85 1.80 $21.42 $44,550
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 5,270 1.99 1.26 $17.12 $35,610
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,280 1.35 0.85 $19.72 $41,030
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 3,950 1.86 1.18 $19.57 $40,710
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 3,940 1.08 0.68 $17.95 $37,330