Painters, Construction and Maintenance
SOC: 47-2141.00

Description:

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.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
360,500 employed

Projected (2024):
387,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Architectural Coating Finisher
  • Bitumastic Applier
  • Bridge Painter
  • Brush Painter
  • Buildings Painter
  • Calciminer
  • Calker
  • Chipper
  • Colored Liquid Plastic Applier
  • Decorator
  • Drywall Sprayer
  • Enameler
  • Facilities Painter
  • Filler
  • Foreman
  • Glass Tinter
  • Highway Painter
  • House Decorator
  • House or Other Buildings Painter Apprentice
  • House Painter
  • Industrial Coating and Lining Application Specialist
  • Industrial Painter
  • Interior Decorator
  • Interior Decorator, Painting
  • Interior Painter
  • Journeyman Painter
  • Kalsominer
  • Line Painting Machine Operator
  • Maintenance Painter
  • Maintenance Painter Apprentice
  • Marbleizer
  • Ornamental Painter
  • Painter
  • Painter and Decorator
  • Painter and Decorator Apprentice
  • Painter and Paperhanger Apprentice
  • Painter Apprentice
  • Painter Foreman
  • Parking Line Painter
  • Railroad Car Letterer
  • Red Leader
  • Roof Painter
  • Senior Painter
  • Set Painter
  • Shipyard Painter
  • Shipyard Painter Apprentice
  • Sign Painter Apprentice
  • Silo Painter
  • Spray Painter
  • Stage Setting Painter Apprentice
  • Stage Settings Painter
  • Stainer
  • Stippler
  • Structural Steel Painter
  • Traffic Line Painter
  • Varnisher Apprentice


  • Job Zone Two: Some Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

    Education:

    These occupations usually require a high school diploma.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Cover surfaces with dropcloths or masking tape and paper to protect surfaces during painting.
  • Fill cracks, holes, or joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers, using caulking guns or putty knives.
  • Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats.
  • Apply paint, stain, varnish, enamel, or other finishes to equipment, buildings, bridges, or other structures, using brushes, spray guns, or rollers.
  • Calculate amounts of required materials and estimate costs, based on surface measurements or work orders.
  • Read work orders or receive instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements.
  • Erect scaffolding or swing gates, or set up ladders, to work above ground level.
  • Remove fixtures such as pictures, door knobs, lamps, or electric switch covers prior to painting.
  • Wash and treat surfaces with oil, turpentine, mildew remover, or other preparations, and sand rough spots to ensure that finishes will adhere properly.
  • Mix and match colors of paint, stain, or varnish with oil or thinning and drying additives to obtain desired colors and consistencies.
  • Remove old finishes by stripping, sanding, wire brushing, burning, or using water or abrasive blasting.
  • Select and purchase tools or finishes for surfaces to be covered, considering durability, ease of handling, methods of application, and customers' wishes.
  • Smooth surfaces, using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines.
  • Polish final coats to specified finishes.
  • Use special finishing techniques such as sponging, ragging, layering, or faux finishing.
  • Waterproof buildings, using waterproofers or caulking.
  • Cut stencils and brush or spray lettering or decorations on surfaces.
  • Spray or brush hot plastics or pitch onto surfaces.
  • Bake finishes on painted or enameled articles, using baking ovens.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Aerial lifts
  • Air compressors
  • Airless spray equipment
  • Blow torches
  • Bosun chairs
  • Bucket trucks
  • Caulking guns
  • Chippers
  • Chipping hammers
  • Circle cutters
  • Combing tools
  • Conventional spray equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Disk sanders
  • Drywall axes
  • Drywall hammers
  • Drywall lifters
  • Drywall ripping tools
  • Drywall taping knives
  • Electric grinders
  • Electric paint removers
  • Extension ladders
  • Float trowels
  • Floor scrapers
  • Forklifts
  • Glass scrapers
  • Glaziers' knives
  • Glue guns
  • Grout removal tools
  • Hammers
  • Hard hats
  • Heat guns
  • High velocity low pressure HVLP spraying equipment
  • Hoists
  • Hopper guns
  • Hydraulic lifts
  • Hydroblasters
  • Ladders
  • Laser printers
  • Line lasers
  • Mobile scaffolds
  • Notebook computers
  • Paint brush cleaner spinners
  • Paint brushes
  • Paint lead testing kits
  • Paint rollers
  • Paint shakers
  • Paint strainers
  • Paint stripping equipment
  • Painting edgers
  • Patching knives
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Platforms
  • Pneumatic spray texture guns
  • Power brushes
  • Power drills
  • Power paint mixers
  • Power rollers
  • Power sanders
  • Power saws
  • Pressure washers
  • Putty chisels
  • Putty knives
  • Respirators
  • Riggings
  • Sandblasters
  • Saws
  • Scaffolding
  • Scoring tools
  • Screwdrivers
  • Seam rollers
  • Single-cut mill saw files
  • Slings
  • Spackling knives
  • Spray guns
  • Spray texture guns
  • Steam cleaning equipment
  • Stencils
  • Stilts
  • Striping machines
  • Striping tools
  • Stripper brushes
  • Stucco patching guns
  • Swing stages
  • Temperature gauges
  • Texturing trowels
  • Tinting machines
  • Trim guides
  • Trowels
  • Utility knives
  • Wallpaper steamers
  • Wire brushes
  • Work boots
  • Contractor City Contractor Forms Pack
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro
  • Corel Painter
  • Evergreen Technology Eagle Bid Estimating
  • Evergreen Technology Total Faux
  • Insight Direct ServiceCEO
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Windows
  • On Center Quick Bid
  • Sage ACT!
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Turtle Creek Software Goldenseal
  • Word processing software


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    industry stats

    SOC: 47-0000

    Total Employed: 5,477,820

    Average Annual Salary: $47,580