Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
16,020 4.2 % $15.01 $31,210 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.32 $11.08 $14.07 $17.65 $22.33
Annual Wage (2) $19,390 $23,050 $29,270 $36,720 $46,440


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)
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,290 0.81 $14.01 $29,140
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,530 0.64 $14.37 $29,890
Grocery Stores 1,490 0.06 $13.89 $28,900
Plastics Product Manufacturing 930 0.17 $13.85 $28,800
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 730 1.86 $12.06 $25,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing 730 1.86 $12.06 $25,090
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing 2,290 0.81 $14.01 $29,140
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing 1,530 0.64 $14.37 $29,890
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing 500 0.61 $12.80 $26,610
Specialized Design Services 730 0.55 $15.93 $33,140

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government (OES Designation) 100 (7) $25.92 $53,920
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 90 (7) $25.38 $52,790
Building Finishing Contractors (8) (8) $20.42 $42,480
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing 60 0.02 $19.14 $39,820
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers (8) (8) $18.68 $38,860


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 1,390 0.09 0.77 $16.00 $33,290
Texas 1,260 0.11 0.94 $13.55 $28,170
Missouri 800 0.29 2.53 $14.61 $30,390
Michigan 790 0.19 1.64 $15.71 $32,670
New York 780 0.09 0.75 $16.72 $34,780




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)
Alabama 620 0.33 2.82 $12.56 $26,130
Missouri 800 0.29 2.53 $14.61 $30,390
Kentucky 520 0.29 2.45 $13.36 $27,780
Vermont 80 0.27 2.36 $12.46 $25,920
South Carolina 470 0.24 2.10 $12.06 $25,080




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia (8) (8) (8) $27.46 $57,120
Washington 340 0.11 0.97 $19.46 $40,470
Utah 70 0.05 0.47 $19.36 $40,280
Illinois 510 0.09 0.75 $18.15 $37,750
Massachusetts (8) (8) (8) $17.32 $36,030





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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 720 0.11 0.96 $15.23 $31,680
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 440 0.33 2.86 $12.99 $27,010
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 430 0.23 1.96 $15.28 $31,780
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 0.98 $18.41 $38,290
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 370 0.13 1.10 $13.65 $28,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.08 0.66 $20.21 $42,030
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 300 0.13 1.10 $12.55 $26,100
St. Louis, MO-IL 270 0.20 1.74 $15.28 $31,790
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.14 1.18 $21.66 $45,050
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 180 0.07 0.64 $17.35 $36,090




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)
St. Joseph, MO-KS 50 0.91 7.81 (8) (8)
Decatur, AL 40 0.83 7.12 $12.88 $26,800
St. Cloud, MN 70 0.66 5.65 $16.53 $34,390
Lexington-Fayette, KY 150 0.58 4.98 $13.48 $28,040
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton, NC 70 0.48 4.13 $17.40 $36,190
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 60 0.45 3.87 $13.72 $28,540
Montgomery, AL 70 0.44 3.78 $12.12 $25,210
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 440 0.33 2.86 $12.99 $27,010
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI 170 0.33 2.87 $17.30 $35,990
Springfield, MO 60 0.31 2.68 $12.93 $26,890




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 100 0.04 0.37 $24.82 $51,620
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 60 0.05 0.47 $24.60 $51,170
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 210 0.14 1.18 $21.66 $45,050
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division (8) (8) (8) $20.39 $42,410
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 310 0.08 0.66 $20.21 $42,030
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 30 0.06 0.49 $19.25 $40,040
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 140 0.13 1.13 $19.02 $39,560
Greensboro-High Point, NC 100 0.29 2.53 $18.75 $39,000
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 410 0.11 0.98 $18.41 $38,290
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 0.24 $18.28 $38,010

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)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 140 0.98 8.45 $12.16 $25,280
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 7.73 $16.40 $34,110
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 6.03 $12.59 $26,190
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.49 4.20 $14.64 $30,460
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 4.80 $15.96 $33,190

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)
Northeast Alabama nonmetropolitan area 140 0.98 8.45 $12.16 $25,280
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 70 0.93 7.98 $12.23 $25,450
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 7.73 $16.40 $34,110
Central Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.70 6.03 $12.59 $26,190
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 4.80 $15.96 $33,190

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)
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 140 0.90 7.73 $16.40 $34,110
Southwest New York nonmetropolitan area 100 0.56 4.80 $15.96 $33,190
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.27 2.32 $14.78 $30,750
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 60 0.35 2.99 $14.72 $30,610
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 100 0.49 4.20 $14.64 $30,460


About May 2015 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 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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016