The median annual wage of construction painters was $34,280 in May 2010. (The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.) The lowest 10% earned less than $22,450, and the top 10% earned more than $58,480.
The starting pay for apprentices is usually between 30% and 50% of what fully trained construction painters make. They get pay increases as they gain more skill.
Most construction painters work full time. About 53% of construction painters were self-employed in 2010. Self-employed workers may be able to set their own schedule. Those who paint bridges, buildings, and other structures outside are not able to work when it rains.