Hi. This is a good question. The median income for interior painters is about $37,000 per year. That averages out to about $18.00 per hour. Some people enter the field with little experience and others might decide to obtain formal training through a technical school or through an apprenticeship. National Alliance of Professional Painters is a good resource to check out. Taking courses in Interior Design can also be helpful. I have former students who started interior painting businesses after gaining exposure in high school interior design classes. Next, they began taking small jobs that eventually led to bigger jobs. An understanding of color theory, color schemes, principles and elements of design would prove very helpful. In addition, you need to understand technique, obtain the proper equipment, be able to apply math, possess active listening skills, and have endurance. You also might want to decide upon a niche that you would like to specialize in. I hope this information is useful to you.
Barbara recommends the following next steps:
- Do some niche research. https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS751US751&q=niche+interior+painting&tbm=isch&source=univ&safe=strict&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjb_ZqCqvnhAhVJOK0KHV27Bh0QsAR6BAgIEAE&biw=1517&bih=730
- Visit the website for National Alliance of Professional Painters. http://www.paintpro.net/index.cfm
- If you know anyone in the field, see if you can serve as a helper, to gain some insight into what a typical day is like.
- Check out interior design courses in your area or at your school.
- Visit the website onenet.org, and type in painter. Review the skills needed, pay, education and skills that will help you succeed.