Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

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. Excludes "Paperhangers" (47-2142).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
184,330 1.3 % $18.55 $38,590 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.05 $13.48 $16.92 $22.15 $28.96
Annual Wage (2) $22,980 $28,040 $35,190 $46,080 $60,240


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 (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 121,080 19.31 $18.01 $37,460
Residential Building Construction 10,920 1.91 $17.44 $36,280
Local Government (OES Designation) 5,030 0.09 $23.51 $48,900
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,020 0.77 $18.17 $37,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 3,990 0.20 $24.10 $50,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Building Finishing Contractors 121,080 19.31 $18.01 $37,460
Residential Building Construction 10,920 1.91 $17.44 $36,280
Ship and Boat Building 1,950 1.55 $20.52 $42,690
Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction 2,930 0.97 $22.41 $46,610
Nonresidential Building Construction 5,020 0.77 $18.17 $37,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Motion Picture and Video Industries 270 0.08 $32.24 $67,050
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 100 0.03 $29.86 $62,100
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services (8) (8) $26.87 $55,880
Postal Service 60 0.01 $26.49 $55,100
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $25.20 $52,420


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 24,970 1.75 1.23 $21.21 $44,120
Texas 16,410 1.55 1.10 $14.95 $31,100
Florida 13,140 1.81 1.28 $15.12 $31,450
New York 11,450 1.34 0.95 $22.58 $46,970
Illinois 7,480 1.33 0.94 $24.44 $50,830




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Louisiana 5,100 2.73 1.93 $16.15 $33,600
Hawaii 1,520 2.59 1.83 $24.26 $50,460
Washington 6,960 2.52 1.78 $20.21 $42,030
Wyoming 670 2.41 1.70 $17.93 $37,290
Vermont 610 2.08 1.47 $16.45 $34,220




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Illinois 7,480 1.33 0.94 $24.44 $50,830
Hawaii 1,520 2.59 1.83 $24.26 $50,460
Alaska 430 1.34 0.95 $23.98 $49,890
District of Columbia 410 0.63 0.45 $22.80 $47,410
New York 11,450 1.34 0.95 $22.58 $46,970





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 7,500 1.45 1.03 $23.30 $48,470
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 5,140 1.41 1.00 $25.52 $53,090
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 4,890 1.85 1.31 $15.25 $31,710
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,260 1.10 0.78 $20.15 $41,910
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 3,630 2.58 1.82 $19.67 $40,910
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 3,390 2.69 1.90 $22.11 $45,980
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 3,270 2.32 1.64 $19.96 $41,510
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 3,080 1.31 0.93 $19.41 $40,360
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 2,850 1.36 0.96 $14.40 $29,950
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 2,830 1.64 1.16 $16.44 $34,200