Painter Careers

Painters can earn up to


After the apprenticeship and based on certifications, a journeyperson painter (a qualified and skilled person in a trade), can earn between $20.00 and $30.00 per hour.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Employment of painters is projected to grow 7% from 2014 to 2024, 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.

Painters apply paint, stain and coatings to walls and ceilings, buildings, bridges and other structures.

Painting requires a lot of climbing, bending, kneeling and reaching. Most industrial painters work outside, almost always in dry, warm weather. Those who paint bridges or buildings may be exposed to extreme heights and uncomfortable positions.

Glaziers install glass in windows, skylights, and other fixtures in storefronts and buildings.

Drywall finishers hang wallboard and install ceiling tile inside buildings.

The work is physically demanding. Workers spend most of the day standing, bending, or reaching, and they often must lift and maneuver heavy, oversized wallboards. Glaziers, painters and finishers may experience cuts from tools and glass, and falls from ladders and scaffolding. Most glaziers, painters and finishers work full time.

Painters, glaziers and drywall finishers learn their trade through a registered apprenticeship program that is usually cost free to the student. A high-school diploma or equivalent is typically required to begin your apprenticeship and career in the trade.

The certified training and apprenticeship program for painters is run through International Union of Painters and Allied Trade and offers apprentices superior education, at little or no cost to the student, that enables them to reach their full potential within the trade.

Apprentices are able to earn living wages from day one and benefits (health, vision, etc.) are available to all students.

Once apprenticeship is complete, tradespeople continue their education and are able to advance to journeyperson status and beyond through continued education and certification programs.