Salary Information:
$11.39 (entry level) - $23.86 (experienced) / hourly

What it is:
Do you have an eye for different colors, textures and tones?  Try your hand at becoming a professional painter.  Painters are responsible for applying just the right paint or colors to buildings and industrial structures.  This career path ranges from industrial spray painters who apply coatings to prevent deterioration to decorative artisans who create faux finishes.

Work Environment:
Painters typically work indoors, but depending on the type of project may work outdoors as well.

Education Opportunities:
Very little experience is required to become a painter, but additional training opportunities exist for artisan painters.  Such as technical schools, community colleges and industry training.

Good manual dexterity, vision, and color sense, as well as physical stamina and balance.  For industrial painting additional certifications may be necessary.


  • Painters can make, on average, almost $37,710 per year!
  • Painters typically work indoors.
  • You can become a painter directly out of high school, certain types of painting may require additional certifications.