A house painter performs painting, finishing, and maintaining work over a wide variety of interior and exterior surfaces. The painter prepares the surfaces so that it will be ready to be applied with undercoats and finishing coats using a wide range of application techniques, methods, and materials. They are asked to mix and match paints. They perform painting specifics like soda and water blasting. They also know best on the selection and storage of painting materials.
He must be a graduate from high school and may or may not earn a college degree. A house painter must be supplemented by school apprenticeship programs which involve theory and on-the-job training.
The house painter has to prepare, prime, seal, sand, patch, surface, paint furniture, buildings, and fixtures using painting materials such as varnish, shellac, lacquer enamel, epoxy, latex, heat resistant and water-proofing finishes. He tapes, repairs, flushes and applies texturing, acoustic layers, and wallpapers on surfaces. They are the ones who adjust the colors and hues whenever necessary. They respond to the removal of graffiti using soda blasting on the affected surface. They operate, clean, maintain and store all the painting devices used in their work.
The house painter also estimates the time and materials needed for the painting work. They offer specifications for the repair and construction and advice on the painting materials, designs, and paint colors that should be used. They have to keep track of the records made and submit to their heads a report on the work performed. Additional work of house painters includes conducting research, making purchases, and conducting inventories of the chemical and equipment supplies. They also keep repair and maintenance records for properties and respond to emergency calls for repair and service.
A house painter must know how to operate the necessary and basic painting tools and equipment. They must know how to mix and match paint and varnish. He must know residential, commercial, and industrial painting practices and processes. He must have knowledge of the application code requirements and the methods and practices generally followed in the maintenance of tools and equipment. He must also know the occupational hazards and the appropriate precautionary measures that should be taken. He must be able to perform physical activities. Other companies require that a house painter must possess a driver’s licensed and an acceptable driving record.
A house painter in the United States can have an average salary of about $36,510 a year, with an average hourly rate of $17.56. Different states offer different salary rates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, painters have the highest salary rates in Hawaii with an average of $50,490 per year, followed by Illinois with $48,160 per year, New York with $46,780 per year, District of Columbia with $45,710, and Alaska with an average of $44,270 per year. Painters under different industries have different compensation as well. Painters for natural gas distribution can earn up to $61, 950 per year. This is followed by scientific research and development services sector with $58,370, postal services with $55,740, electric power generation, transmission and distribution with $53,740, and remediation and other waste management services with $51,090 per year.*
*According to the BLS, http://www.bls.gov/oco/