How Much Do Transportation Painters Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries

Transportation Equipment Painters

Transportation Equipment Painters 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.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$42140 per year
Hourly wage
$20 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$26,890 to $31,820 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$13 to $15 per hour

Entry-level Transportation Equipment Painters with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $26,890 to $31,820 per year or $13 to $15 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Transportation Equipment Painters to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $30 $62,010
Senior (Top 25%) $24 $49,330
Middle (Mid 50%) $19 $39,060
Junior (Bottom 25%) $15 $31,820
No experience (Bottom 10%) $13 $26,890

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
WA $26 $54,860
MD $25 $52,710
AK $25 $52,180
HI $25 $51,490
ME $24 $50,370
VA $23 $48,550
ND $23 $47,710
NM $22 $46,760
NH $22 $45,890
OR $22 $45,810

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Transportation Equipment Painter is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like WA doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at WA might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Transportation Painters are in the states of WA, MD, AK, HI and ME.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Scheduled Air Transportation $84140 $40.45
Local Government $63770 $30.66
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing $56360 $27.10
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $55180 $26.53
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills $54850 $26.37
Facilities Support Services $52290 $25.14
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing $50910 $24.48
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $50110 $24.09
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $50010 $24.05
Nonresidential Building Construction $49730 $23.91
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing $49210 $23.66
Automotive Repair and Maintenance $49180 $23.64
Management of Companies and Enterprises $47690 $22.93
Ship and Boat Building $47680 $22.92
Automobile Dealers $46760 $22.48
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $46410 $22.31
Support Activities for Air Transportation $45930 $22.08
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing $45670 $21.96
Chemical Manufacturing $45620 $21.93
Specialized Design Services $45620 $21.94
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing $45590 $21.92
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers $45180 $21.72
Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance $45060 $21.66
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $44970 $21.62
Nonscheduled Air Transportation $44530 $21.41
Truck Transportation $44230 $21.26
Nonferrous Metal Production and Processing $44160 $21.23
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing $43810 $21.06
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing $43470 $20.90
Other Specialty Trade Contractors $43090 $20.72

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