How much does a Painter I make in the United States? The average Painter I salary in the United States is $45,978 as of April 24, 2024, but the range typically falls between $40,903 and $51,971. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, helps you determine your exact pay target. 

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Painter I Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Painter I Salary $36,281 US April 24, 2024
25th Percentile Painter I Salary $40,903 US April 24, 2024
50th Percentile Painter I Salary $45,978 US April 24, 2024
75th Percentile Painter I Salary $51,971 US April 24, 2024
90th Percentile Painter I Salary $57,428 US April 24, 2024
25% $40,903 10% $36,281 90% $57,428 75% $51,971 $45,978 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does a Painter I need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.


Attention to Detail: Executing and completing a task with a high level of accuracy.


Repairing: To put something that is damaged, broken, or not working correctly, back into good condition or make it work again.


Installation: The action or process of installing someone or something, or of being installed. the act of installing the state of being installed, something that is installed for use.

Attention to Detail 3.41%
Repairing 1.31%
Installation 0.76%
Others 94.52%

Job Description for Painter I

Painter I applies paint, varnishes, stains and other coatings to interior and/or exterior surfaces with brush, roller or other tools. Prepares surfaces for painting by removing old paint using paint removers, scrapers, wire brushes, or blowtorches. Being a Painter I fills nail holes, cracks, and joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers using a caulking gun or a putty knife. Prepares paint and primers and matches colors. Additionally, Painter I may prepare estimates of work time and cost. May have to complete an apprenticeship and/or formal training in area of specialty. Requires a high school diploma or its equivalent. Typically reports to a supervisor/manager. The Painter I possesses a moderate understanding of general aspects of the job. Works under the close direction of senior personnel in the functional area. May require 0-1 year of general work experience. (Copyright 2024 View full job description

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  • Ditch Witch is now hiring a 3rd shift Painter. Apply now to learn more. 3rd shift. Pay: $19.45/hour. What Can We Give You. Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K Ma...
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  • Job Description. Job Description. Automotive Painter - 1st Shift - $4,000 sign-on bonus. Location: Denver, PA. Must be able to pass a paint test. Make any ...
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Career Path for Painter I

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For Painter I, the upper level is Painter II and then progresses to Painter III.

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Painter I salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Painter I, the highest Painter I salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Painter I salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Painter I salary is in Miami, FL, where the Painter I salary is 3.5% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 4.9%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.1%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 16.8%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average

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