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Occupational Employment Statistics


47-2141 Painters, Construction and Maintenance

Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency. Excludes “Paperhangers" (47-2142).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Central Minnesota 39035$26.63/hr$17.53/hr$19.54/hr$24.28/hr$31.27/hr$38.28/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities20$29.56/hr
Financial Activities110$23.72/hr
Professional and Business Services120$38.58/hr
Education and Health Services130$34.28/hr
Leisure and Hospitality20$22.09/hr
Public Administration100$42.02/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$21.24/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 50$19.28/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$22.14/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$23.26/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$23.15/hr2.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 90$29.53/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 100$24.20/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 100$27.36/hr4.9%
Northwest Balance of State 190$22.99/hrN/A
Rochester MN MSA 200$28.79/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 220$23.04/hr6.1%
Southeast Minnesota 250$25.42/hr2.4%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 270$20.17/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 390$24.28/hr3.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,200$27.40/hr3.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,500$27.27/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,300$25.49/hr3.8%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Paperhangers N/AN/AN/A
Insulation Workers, Mechanical 710$45.83/hrN/A
Roofers 1,590$28.89/hr5.8%

  • Fill cracks, holes, or joints with caulk, putty, plaster, or other fillers, using caulking guns or putty knives.
  • Cover surfaces with dropcloths or masking tape and paper to protect surfaces during painting.
  • Read work orders or receive instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements.
  • Smooth surfaces, using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines.
  • Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats.
  • Calculate amounts of required materials and estimate costs, based on surface measurements or work orders.
  • Polish final coats to specified finishes.
  • Mix and match colors of paint, stain, or varnish with oil or thinning and drying additives to obtain desired colors and consistencies.
  • Apply paint, stain, varnish, enamel, or other finishes to equipment, buildings, bridges, or other structures, using brushes, spray guns, or rollers.
  • Wash and treat surfaces with oil, turpentine, mildew remover, or other preparations, and sand rough spots to ensure that finishes will adhere properly.