Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 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. Exclude "Paperhangers" (47-2142).
Education: These occupations usually require a high school diploma.
OJT: Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Tasks: 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. Smooth surfaces, using sandpaper, scrapers, brushes, steel wool, or sanding machines. Read work orders or receive instructions from supervisors or homeowners to determine work requirements. Apply primers or sealers to prepare new surfaces, such as bare wood or metal, for finish coats. Apply paint, stain, varnish, enamel, or other finishes to equipment, buildings, bridges, or other structures, using brushes, spray guns, or rollers. Erect scaffolding or swing gates, or set up ladders, to work above ground level. Mix and match colors of paint, stain, or varnish with oil or thinning and drying additives to obtain desired colors and consistencies. Calculate amounts of required materials and estimate costs, based on surface measurements or work orders. Polish final coats to specified finishes. Wash and treat surfaces with oil, turpentine, mildew remover, or other preparations, and sand rough spots to ensure that finishes will adhere properly. Select and purchase tools or finishes for surfaces to be covered, considering durability, ease of handling, methods of application, and customers' wishes. Remove old finishes by stripping, sanding, wire brushing, burning, or using water or abrasive blasting. Remove fixtures such as pictures, door knobs, lamps, or electric switch covers prior to painting. Use special finishing techniques such as sponging, ragging, layering, or faux finishing. Cut stencils and brush or spray lettering or decorations on surfaces.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $13.27   Entry $27,600.00
Mean $17.79   Mean $37,009.00
Experience $20.06 Experience $41,714.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
Related Occupations: Postsecondary Institutions With Programs:
Floor Layers, Except Carpet, Wood, and Hard Tiles
Helpers--Painters, Paperhangers, Plasterers, and Stucco Masons
Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
Rail-Track Laying and Maintenance Equipment Operators
Terrazzo Workers and Finishers
Tree Trimmers and Pruners
Welders, Cutters, and Welder Fitters
No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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47-2141.00 Painters, Construction and Maintenance