|Quick Facts: Painting and Coating Workers|
$38,670 per year
$18.59 per hour
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|Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|3% (Slower than average)|
Painting and coating workers apply finishes, often using machines, to a range of products.
Most painting and coating workers are employed full time. They frequently stand for long periods in specially ventilated areas.
Painting and coating workers typically need a high school diploma or equivalent to enter the occupation. New workers usually train on the job for several months.
The median annual wage for coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders was $39,130 in May 2021.
The median annual wage for painting, coating, and decorating workers was $37,330 in May 2021.
Overall employment of painting and coating workers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2021 to 2031, slower than the average for all occupations.
Despite limited employment growth, about 17,900 openings for painting and coating workers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Most of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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