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
Southeast Minnesota 35044$20.91/hr$14.63/hr$16.66/hr$19.49/hr$25.01/hr$29.87/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial Activities270$28.02/hr
Professional and Business Services80$19.77/hr
Education and Health Services250$31.48/hr
Leisure and Hospitality20$24.90/hr
Other ServicesN/AN/A
Public Administration80$33.33/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Southwest Balance of State N/A$21.17/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$21.73/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 30$22.12/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$22.70/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$21.63/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 80$16.95/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 90$21.52/hr3.9%
St Cloud MN MSA 110$26.77/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 130$28.71/hr0.0%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 130$31.27/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 200$18.34/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 210$22.96/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 220$18.78/hr4.9%
Central Minnesota 250$25.48/hr9.8%
Rochester MN MSA 280$19.33/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 350$19.49/hr-2.0%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,620$27.18/hr4.2%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 3,030$26.92/hrN/A
Minnesota 4,000$25.31/hr4.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Paperhangers N/AN/AN/A
Insulation Workers, Mechanical 740$42.66/hr9.2%
Construction Laborers 12,400$22.94/hr9.7%

  • 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.