Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

51-9123 Painting, Coating, and Decorating Workers

Paint, coat, or decorate articles, such as furniture, glass, plateware, pottery, jewelry, toys, books, or leather. Excludes "Artists and Related Workers" (27-1010), "Designers" (27-1020), "Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators" (51-9151), and "Etchers and Engravers" (51-9194).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic 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)
16,310 3.7 % $14.07 $29,270 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.92 $10.71 $13.36 $16.68 $20.59
Annual Wage (2) $18,550 $22,270 $27,790 $34,690 $42,830


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grocery Stores 2,710 0.11 $12.83 $26,680
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,300 0.85 $14.59 $30,350
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,680 0.77 $14.04 $29,210
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 800 1.99 $11.67 $24,280
Automotive Repair and Maintenance 740 0.09 $15.12 $31,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Leather and Hide Tanning and Finishing 120 3.48 $13.14 $27,320
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 800 1.99 $11.67 $24,280
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,300 0.85 $14.59 $30,350
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,680 0.77 $14.04 $29,210
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing 80 0.65 $11.34 $23,590

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $24.93 $51,850
Local Government (OES Designation) (8) (8) $21.50 $44,720
Foundries (8) (8) $21.49 $44,700
Nonresidential Building Construction 140 0.02 $19.40 $40,350
State Government (OES Designation) (8) (8) $19.05 $39,630


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,010 0.14 1.12 $14.63 $30,430
Florida 1,590 0.22 1.75 $12.94 $26,910
Texas 1,070 0.10 0.81 $14.68 $30,530
New York 900 0.11 0.84 $15.03 $31,270
Pennsylvania 730 0.13 1.04 $14.73 $30,630




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 130 0.33 2.67 $11.42 $23,760
Alabama 500 0.27 2.19 $12.47 $25,940
Rhode Island 110 0.24 1.88 $11.25 $23,400
Mississippi 250 0.23 1.84 $11.36 $23,640
South Carolina 390 0.22 1.75 $11.15 $23,190




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 230 0.07 0.58 $18.44 $38,350
Missouri 160 0.06 0.49 $17.27 $35,910
Washington 350 0.13 1.01 $16.78 $34,910
Arkansas 80 0.07 0.54 $16.22 $33,730
Illinois 590 0.10 0.84 $16.08 $33,450





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.20 1.56 $13.49 $28,060
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 490 0.13 1.07 $15.90 $33,080
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 440 0.08 0.68 $17.25 $35,880
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 320 0.32 2.55 $12.87 $26,780
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 310 0.18 1.41 $14.91 $31,000
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 270 0.23 1.86 $13.30 $27,670
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 260 0.11 0.92 $13.49 $28,060
Pittsburgh, PA 200 0.17 1.39 $13.78 $28,660
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 190 0.19 1.55 $13.73 $28,560
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 190 0.14 1.08 $14.02 $29,150




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 120 1.14 9.14 (8) (8)
Altoona, PA 50 0.85 6.79 $11.29 $23,490
Bowling Green, KY 40 0.71 5.70 $9.88 $20,550
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 100 0.69 5.48 $15.51 $32,260
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 30 0.64 5.14 $11.01 $22,890
Prescott, AZ 30 0.61 4.86 $16.48 $34,290
Dothan, AL 30 0.55 4.41 $13.42 $27,920
Mobile, AL 80 0.49 3.92 $11.25 $23,410
Johnson City, TN 40 0.47 3.72 $10.54 $21,910
Sioux Falls, SD 60 0.42 3.39 $11.10 $23,090




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH 100 0.10 0.82 $20.83 $43,330
Lake County-Kenosha County, IL-WI Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.30 $42,230
St. Louis, MO-IL (8) (8) (8) $19.96 $41,520
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.45 $19.54 $40,630
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 90 0.07 0.53 $19.03 $39,590
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 50 0.03 0.25 $18.58 $38,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.32 $17.79 $37,000
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 60 0.18 1.46 $17.74 $36,900
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 100 0.06 0.45 $17.35 $36,080
Baltimore-Towson, MD 50 0.04 0.30 $17.29 $35,960

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.55 4.38 $12.06 $25,090
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.61 4.85 $13.74 $28,580
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.71 5.67 $12.77 $26,560
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 100 0.45 3.62 $10.38 $21,580
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 90 0.33 2.60 $13.07 $27,180

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 40 0.81 6.45 $10.36 $21,550
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.71 5.67 $12.77 $26,560
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 120 0.61 4.85 $13.74 $28,580
Other Ohio nonmetropolitan area 150 0.55 4.38 $12.06 $25,090
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area 50 0.47 3.78 $11.26 $23,410

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.69 $34,720
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 30 0.14 1.08 $15.91 $33,090
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.38 3.04 $15.60 $32,450
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.31 2.49 $14.97 $31,140
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 50 0.21 1.68 $14.39 $29,930


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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