Becoming a Painter

What does a Painter do?

Painters apply paint and special coatings. Paper Hangers apply paper, fabric, and plastic coverings to walls. Drywall finishers apply tape and finishes to previously-hung gypsum wallboard.

Where does a Painter work?
  • Bridges
  • Industrial projects
  • Schools
  • Homes
  • Commercial buildings
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Am I qualified?
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must be able to physically perform the work required
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Must have a sincere interest in the trade
  • Must have manual dexterity
  • Good eyesight and color-sense is preferable
What can I expect while training?
  • Program is 5 years (3 years for Drywall Taper)
  • Program includes a combination of on-the-job learning and related instruction
  • You must pass an aptitude test
  • On-the-job training with an experienced Journeyman
  • Some travel may be required

Wage Rates 2021 – 2022 (Hourly)

Location
Wage
Fringe
Total
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
$35.95
$24.50
$60.45
Northeastern Wisconsin
$33.48
$18.78
$52.26
Northern Wisconsin
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South Central Wisconsin
$32.98
$18.80
$51.78
Southeastern Wisconsin
$36.52
$23.27
$59.79
Western Wisconsin
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