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Painters and Paperhangers Salary Information

The salary statistics of painters and paperhangers are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of painters and paperhangers in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of painters and paperhangers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The painters and paperhangers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Painters and Paperhangers Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for painters and paperhangers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) painters and paperhangers is $63,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $37,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25,200. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 152% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of painters and paperhangers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
1.13% 7.30%
2.59% -
1.75% -
1.50% -
0.54% -
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Table 2. Painters and Paperhangers Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of painters and paperhangers in 19 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for painters and paperhangers occupations is the utilities sector with an annual salary $74,680. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $26,540).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
Federal, State, and Local Government
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Wholesale Trade
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
Retail Trade


💰 Highest paying industries for painters and paperhangers.