Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2009

47-2141 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. Exclude "Paperhangers" (47-2142).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation


National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
214,240 1.3 % $17.94 $37,320 0.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.89 $13.25 $16.21 $21.21 $27.93
Annual Wage (2) $22,650 $27,560 $33,720 $44,110 $58,100


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Building Finishing Contractors 144,250 $17.51 $36,410
Residential Building Construction 10,200 $15.95 $33,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 6,300 $22.17 $46,110
Nonresidential Building Construction 6,100 $19.09 $39,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 4,010 $23.03 $47,900

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Natural Gas Distribution 70 $30.66 $63,780
Motion Picture and Video Industries 180 $27.04 $56,230
Scientific Research and Development Services 110 $26.94 $56,040
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 120 $26.59 $55,310
Postal Service 110 $26.13 $54,350


State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all States with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Louisiana 5,930 $15.82 $32,910 3.169
Hawaii 1,820 $22.94 $47,720 3.097
Washington 7,570 $17.99 $37,420 2.712
Maine 1,400 $17.65 $36,710 2.369
Arizona 5,870 $15.48 $32,210 2.368

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Illinois 8,540 $24.02 $49,960 1.497
New York 13,860 $23.75 $49,390 1.634
Nevada 2,590 $23.00 $47,850 2.199
Hawaii 1,820 $22.94 $47,720 3.097
Alaska 500 $22.18 $46,140 1.638


Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest published employment concentrations and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all Metropolitan areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 550 $21.84 $45,420 6.791
Portsmouth, NH-ME 290 $20.87 $43,400 5.222
Jacksonville, NC 230 $14.01 $29,150 5.222
Warner Robins, GA 290 $21.95 $45,650 5.049
Lake Charles, LA 440 $15.82 $32,900 4.916

Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment per thousand workers
Lawrence-Methuen-Salem, MA-NH NECTA Division 70 $34.35 $71,440 1.259
Nassau-Suffolk, NY Metropolitan Division 2,930 $28.20 $58,650 2.390
Kankakee-Bradley, IL (8) $28.15 $58,550 (8)
Fairbanks, AK 90 $27.22 $56,610 2.681
Champaign-Urbana, IL 290 $26.82 $55,780 2.910


About May 2009 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2009 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2009 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 14, 2010