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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
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,23084$28.24/hr$18.28/hr$19.87/hr$25.21/hr$36.02/hr$39.35/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Natural Resources and MiningN/AN/A
Trade, Transportation and UtilitiesN/AN/A
Financial Activities40$23.83/hr
Professional and Business Services150$39.13/hr
Education and Health Services160$37.68/hr
Leisure and Hospitality20$19.34/hr
Public Administration110$38.98/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 20$19.27/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$19.30/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$19.26/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 40$22.31/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 50$23.78/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 60$22.71/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 80$23.01/hr2.0%
St Cloud MN MSA 100$23.94/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 110$24.73/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 120$24.35/hr4.9%
Rochester MN MSA 210$24.54/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 220$19.12/hrN/A
Northwest Balance of State 250$19.27/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 260$24.23/hr2.4%
Northwest Minnesota 270$19.12/hr6.1%
Central Minnesota 440$24.24/hr3.5%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 2,230$25.21/hr3.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 2,580$25.21/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,470$24.64/hr3.8%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change -
Insulation Workers, Mechanical N/A$46.66/hrN/A
Roofers 1,720$26.34/hr5.8%
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles 420$34.86/hrN/A

  • 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.