Occupational Employment Statistics


51-9122 Painters, Transportation Equipment

Operate or tend painting machines to paint surfaces of transportation equipment, such as automobiles, buses, trucks, trains, boats, and airplanes. Includes painters in auto body repair facilities.

Geography EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 703$24.69/hr$18.05/hr$21.13/hr$24.25/hr$28.21/hr$31.24/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Trade, Transportation and Utilities90$23.78/hr
Professional and Business ServicesN/AN/A
Other Services380$20.77/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2016-2026
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/A$17.85/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA N/A$21.90/hrN/A
Northeast Balance of State 20$23.18/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 20$22.49/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 20$24.75/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 40$20.35/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 40$22.69/hr8.2%
Northwest Balance of State 60$24.25/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 60$21.61/hr14.7%
Southwest Balance of State 70$22.07/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 70$24.25/hr5.9%
Fargo ND-MN MSA 100$19.39/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 150$19.32/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 180$18.24/hrN/A
Central Minnesota 300$19.35/hr15.2%
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 350$21.22/hr9.6%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 370$21.07/hrN/A
Minnesota 920$20.57/hr9.8%

  • Operate lifting or moving devices to move equipment or materials to access areas to be painted.
  • Clean equipment and work areas.
  • Remove accessories, such as chrome or mirrors, from vehicles and mask other surfaces with tape or paper to protect them from paint.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner.
  • Apply rust-resistant undercoats and caulk and seal seams.
  • Sand and apply sealer to properly dried vehicle finish.
  • Monitor painting operations to identify flaws, such as blisters or streaks, and correct their causes.
  • Select paint according to company requirements and match paint colors, following specified color charts.
  • Mix paints to match color specifications or vehicles' original colors, stirring or thinning paints, using spatulas or power mixing equipment.
  • Fill small dents or scratches with body fillers and smooth surfaces to prepare vehicles for painting.