|Quick Facts: Construction and Maintenance Painters|
$45,590 per year
$21.92 per hour
|No formal educational credential|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|5% (Slower than average)|
Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, large machinery and equipment, and bridges and other structures.
Painters work indoors and outdoors. Painting is physically demanding and requires a lot of bending, kneeling, reaching, and climbing. Those who paint bridges or buildings may work at extreme heights or in uncomfortable positions.
Painters typically learn their trade on the job. No formal education is typically required to enter the occupation.
The median annual wage for painters, construction and maintenance was $45,590 in May 2021.
Employment of painters, construction and maintenance is projected to grow 5 percent from 2020 to 2030, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 32,700 openings for painters, construction and maintenance are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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