Painting and coating workers apply finishes, often using machines, to a range of products.Work Environment
Most painting and coating workers are employed full time. They frequently stand for long periods in specially ventilated areas.How to Become a Painting and Coating Worker
Painting and coating workers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation. New workers usually train on the job for several months.Pay
The median annual wage for coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders was $39,060 in May 2020.
The median annual wage for painting, coating, and decorating workers was $34,780 in May 2020.Job Outlook
Overall employment of painting and coating workers is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
About 17,200 openings for painting and coating workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many 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.State & Area Data
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