Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2004

51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

Paint, coat, or decorate articles, such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, cakes, toys, books, or leather. Exclude "Artists and Related Workers" (27-1011 through 27-1019), "Designers" (27-1021 through 27-1029), "Photographic Process Workers" (51-9131), and "Etchers and Engravers" (51-9194).

National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
State profile for this occupation
Metropolitan area profile for this occupation

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)
26,990 3.6 % $12.01 $24,970 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.44 $8.76 $10.95 $13.94 $18.23
Annual Wage (2) $15,480 $18,220 $22,770 $29,000 $37,920

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Other miscellaneous manufacturing 3,590 $11.83 $24,600
Household and institutional furniture mfg. 2,120 $11.35 $23,610
Clay product and refractory manufacturing 1,870 $10.97 $22,820
Employment services 1,460 $9.95 $20,690
Office furniture and fixtures manufacturing 1,060 $12.09 $25,150

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Postal service 40 $21.57 $44,860
Federal government (OES designation) 120 $20.91 $43,500
Advertising and related services (7) $20.69 $43,040
Architectural and engineering services (7) $19.03 $39,590
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 80 $18.62 $38,720

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
Nebraska 380 $11.55 $24,020 0.043%
Wisconsin 1,010 $12.63 $26,270 0.038%
Indiana 990 $10.90 $22,670 0.035%
Louisiana 590 $10.71 $22,270 0.032%
Vermont 90 $10.79 $22,440 0.031%

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment
Illinois 1,330 $18.72 $38,950 0.023%
Nevada 160 $14.64 $30,460 0.014%
Washington 420 $14.64 $30,450 0.016%
Idaho (7) $14.61 $30,390 (7)
Michigan 1,280 $13.60 $28,280 0.030%

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
El Paso, TX MSA 230 $8.49 $17,660 0.090%
Grand Junction, CO MSA 40 $10.88 $22,640 0.075%
Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC MSA 120 $10.61 $22,060 0.074%
Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland, MI MSA 380 $12.51 $26,020 0.070%
Wausau, WI MSA 40 $9.34 $19,420 0.058%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Chicago, IL PMSA 1,020 $20.40 $42,430 0.026%
Birmingham, AL MSA (7) $20.36 $42,350 (7)
Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito, TX MSA (7) $17.02 $35,410 (7)
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 140 $16.47 $34,260 0.011%
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA PMSA 230 $16.03 $33,330 0.018%

About May 2004 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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.

(7) Estimates not released.

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May 2004 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2004 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 5, 2005

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