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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $12.99/hr
Median: $14.12/hr
Experienced: $17.08/hr

Current Employment
682 (2017)

Projected Employment
569 (2028)

Growth for Painters, Construction and Maintenance

2017 Jobs2028 JobsChange (2018-2028)% Change (2018-2028)

Industries Employing Painters, Construction and Maintenance

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2017)% of Occupation in Industry (2017)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2017)
Painting and Wall Covering Contractors22332.8%35.1%
Residential Remodelers649.4%4.9%
Site Preparation Contractors395.7%4.7%
All Other Specialty Trade Contractors385.6%4.2%
Finish Carpentry Contractors344.9%5.5%

Occupational Skills

  • Fill cracks, holes, or joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers, using caulking guns or putty knives
  • Cover surfaces with dropcloths or masking tape and paper to protect surfaces during painting
  • Smooth surfaces, using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines
  • Read work orders or receive instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements
  • Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats