Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

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).

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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)
257,140 1.1 % $15.20 $31,620 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.10 $11.08 $13.98 $18.00 $23.90
Annual Wage (2) $18,930 $23,050 $29,070 $37,440 $49,700

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Building finishing contractors 157,880 $15.36 $31,950 1 55
Residential building construction 13,450 $14.62 $30,410 2 67
Employment services 7,430 $11.16 $23,210 3 127
Lessors of real estate 6,160 $12.12 $25,210 4 113
Local government (OES designation) 6,150 $18.09 $37,620 5 23

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Power generation and supply 80 $25.49 $53,020 83 1
Petroleum and coal products manufacturing 60 $23.32 $48,510 95 2
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 310 $23.22 $48,300 42 3
Resin, rubber, and artificial fibers mfg. 50 $23.19 $48,240 106 4
Electronic markets and agents and brokers 40 $22.10 $45,960 111 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Louisiana 6,550 $13.76 $28,630 0.357% 369
Maine 1,870 $14.48 $30,110 0.315% 313
Hawaii 1,730 $20.48 $42,600 0.314% 194
Nevada 3,100 $16.50 $34,320 0.293% 318
Virginia 9,430 $13.72 $28,540 0.278% 431

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Alaska 500 $21.28 $44,260 0.174% 193
Hawaii 1,730 $20.48 $42,600 0.314% 194
New Jersey 5,740 $18.87 $39,240 0.149% 346
Illinois 9,920 $18.60 $38,690 0.171% 305
Minnesota 4,240 $18.52 $38,520 0.163% 310

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

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

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Naples, FL MSA 860 $13.18 $27,410 0.773%
Bremerton, WA PMSA 400 $17.26 $35,890 0.541%
Fort Walton Beach, FL MSA 420 $12.07 $25,100 0.525%
Baton Rouge, LA MSA 1,470 $14.19 $29,510 0.502%
Victoria, TX MSA 160 $12.87 $26,760 0.451%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Rochester, MN MSA 150 $23.06 $47,970 0.157%
Kankakee, IL PMSA 60 $22.31 $46,400 0.140%
Bloomington-Normal, IL MSA 110 $22.05 $45,860 0.131%
Newark, NJ PMSA 1,420 $21.80 $45,340 0.148%
Springfield, IL MSA 140 $21.79 $45,320 0.126%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan 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 Excel files(XLS).

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) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for 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.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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