|Quick Facts: Painters, Construction and Maintenance|
$34,280 per year
$16.48 per hour
|Less than high school|
|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|18% (About as fast as average)|
Painters apply paint, stain, and coatings to walls, buildings, bridges, and other structures.
Painting requires a lot of climbing, bending, kneeling, and stretching. Most industrial painters work outside, almost always in dry, warm weather. Those who paint bridges or building infrastructure may be exposed to extreme heights and uncomfortable positions.
Although most painters learn their trade informally on the job, some learn through a formal apprenticeship.
The median annual wage of painters was $34,280 in May 2010.
Employment of painters is projected to grow 18 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job prospects should be good, and opportunities for industrial painters and coaters are expected to be excellent, especially in the Gulf Coast region.
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