Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

51-9122 Painters, Transportation Equipment

Operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Include painters in auto body repair facilities.

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
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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)
46,600 2.5 % $17.56 $36,520 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.85 $12.50 $16.39 $21.90 $27.00
Annual Wage (2) $20,500 $26,000 $34,100 $45,550 $56,160

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
Automotive repair and maintenance 19,510 $17.17 $35,720 1 13
Motor vehicle manufacturing 5,510 $22.68 $47,170 2 3
Automobile dealers 4,030 $20.01 $41,620 3 9
Motor vehicle body and trailer manufacturing 2,930 $13.28 $27,620 4 33
Ship and boat building 2,570 $15.08 $31,360 5 24

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Warehousing and storage 30 $24.03 $49,980 36 1
Local government (OES designation) 140 $22.90 $47,630 22 2
Motor vehicle manufacturing 5,510 $22.68 $47,170 2 3
Motor vehicle parts manufacturing 850 $22.27 $46,310 7 4
Rail transportation 230 $21.83 $45,400 19 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
Kentucky 1,640 $19.70 $40,980 0.095% 182
Indiana 1,840 $15.93 $33,130 0.064% 381
Maine 320 $13.60 $28,280 0.054% 372
Alabama 950 $14.94 $31,070 0.052% 338
Oklahoma 730 $14.95 $31,090 0.051% 338

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Michigan 1,920 $23.42 $48,710 0.044% 209
Arizona 600 $21.52 $44,760 0.027% 173
Colorado 560 $21.47 $44,650 0.027% 227
Wyoming 50 $20.77 $43,190 0.021% 135
Nevada 120 $20.20 $42,020 0.011% 240

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
Elkhart-Goshen, IN MSA 600 $13.34 $27,740 0.519%
Lima, OH MSA 130 $22.61 $47,030 0.178%
Anniston, AL MSA 80 $13.38 $27,820 0.175%
Waco, TX MSA 110 $13.63 $28,350 0.118%
Oakland, CA PMSA 1,140 $22.43 $46,650 0.112%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Sacramento, CA PMSA 170 $32.11 $66,800 0.023%
Denver, CO PMSA 250 $27.17 $56,510 0.022%
Middlesex-Somerset-Hunterdon, NJ PMSA 140 $23.95 $49,810 0.022%
Omaha, NE-IA MSA 90 $22.96 $47,750 0.022%
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA PMSA 50 $22.86 $47,550 0.055%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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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) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include 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: May 7, 2004

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