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I want to pursue a career in painting., what is the average pay if i work in any Firm.

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Joy’s Answer

Hey Tanu,
It's great that you want to pursue a career in painting. However, it depends on what kind of painting you want to pursue. Unfortunately, if you were to go down the fine art route, there aren't many stable jobs in the market. On the other hand, you have a better chance in finding a workplace if you use your painting skills for jobs such as illustration.

From what I know, there aren't any firms for painting. Most painters I know make a living by doing contract/freelance while working at a daytime job. It's tough, but it's worth it if that is what you truly want to pursue.

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Lisa’s Answer

Tanu - Do you have an idea of what type of painting you want to do? We are all guessing and trying to offer advice according to what you might be thinking. Firms or companies don't hire fine artists for paint for their own self expression. This is something you can do on the side, and sell in the future at art shows, websites such as or art galleries down the line. There certainly are full time jobs for Visual Designers in which you would be using a computer software to produce a variety of types of designs for advertisements, websites etc.

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parikshith’s Answer

he handiwork of painters surrounds us at every turn: Painters take care of the outside of buildings, city infrastructure and any kind of new architecture development. Ron Yarbrough, founder and president of Pro-Spec Painting, Inc., says the painting profession’s focus areas are endless – there’s something for everyone. “I think there are tremendous opportunities for those that want to enter the painting trade. And I think that [the field] has so many different segments to it – all the way from infrastructure to new construction of commercial buildings and many types of decorative art and restoration.” The will and patience to do the work is all it takes to succeed, he adds. “People who are really committed to learning the trade can do well at it. If they set their goals high, they can make a really good living at it.” Painters commonly work for building finishing contractors or in the residential building construction industry. Unlike carpenters, painters typically don’t build frameworks and structures; they apply paint, stain and coatings to them

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John ’s Answer

Work activities
As a painter and decorator, you would work on a variety of domestic and industrial projects ranging from re-decorating homes to applying heavy-duty finishes to large structures like bridges.
On a domestic job, you would use paint, varnishes and wallpaper to decorate rooms. You would follow the householder's instructions about choice of colour, finishing texture and wallpaper patterns. Your main tasks would include:
measuring surface areas to work out how much paint or wall covering you need
stripping off old wallpaper or paint
filling holes and cracks and making sure surfaces are level
preparing surfaces with primer and undercoat
mixing paint to the right shade, either by hand or using computerised colour-matching equipment
applying layers of paint and hanging wallpaper
tidying up after finishing a job
On some jobs you might apply specialist finishes such as rag rolling, graining and marbling. You would often work from ladders or raised platforms to reach ceilings.
For industrial projects, such as bridges or ships, you would remove old paintwork with abrasive blasting methods before applying new coatings using industrial paint spraying equipment. You would use a cradle or safety harness when working.
Paints and solvents give off fumes, so you may have to wear a protective mask or use fume extraction equipment on some jobs, if in enclosed spaces.
Working hours and conditions
You would work around 40 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Extra hours may be necessary to meet deadlines.
You would be expected to travel from site to site and some jobs may require overnight stays away from home.
Starting salaries can be between £14,500 and £17,000 a year.
Average salaries for qualified painters and decorators are between £17,500 and £23,000 a year. Decorators with supervisor duties or specialist skills can earn over £23,000 a year.
Overtime and shift allowances can increase income. Self-employed painters and decorators set their own pay rates.
Figures are intended as a guideline only.
Entry requirements
Employers often prefer people with some relevant experience, so you could start by looking for work as a painter and decorator's labourer or 'mate'. Once you are working, your employer may give you the chance to take further training in painting and decorating. See the Training and development section below for more details.
Another option is to take a college course, which would give you some of the skills needed to start in this job. Courses include:
Level 1 Award/Certificate in Basic Construction Skills (Painting and Decorating)
Level 1 Certificate in Construction Crafts - Painting and Decorating
Level 1/2/3 Diploma in Painting and Decorating
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Theresa’s Answer

Regardless of what kind of painting you wish to pursue; be it fine art or to work with a painting company in the hopes of starting your own company one day, paint all the time. I have my own company now with 3 employees and I've been painting for many years. I've painted everything from lawn signs and Christmas ornaments to multi-million dollar exhibits and faux finishing in The Fox Theater. Some jobs are grunt work and pay the bills, some are cake jobs a painter gets really excited about. You will get them all and a new experience every time. I still learn something new on every job.
The real work is how you are with people and the quality of your work. When starting out, you do freebees and low paying jobs (you may have to still keep that waitress job for awhile). You do them all very well. Then you gain experience and clients. When people like you, your efforts to do good work and go beyond to make it better than average, they come back and refer you. It just grows from there.
You can certainly visit my website: You will see everything there. I have gotten into some 'pickles' for sure, but have pushed through. Do you have 'push'? Can you be resourceful, creative, ethical? do you have talent? I am not the most talented artist in town, yet I always have work. People like my way of putting them first, working my fanny off for them and striving to be the best. Those things make up for some of the things I lack.
My best to you. I like reading that a young person wants to pursue the painting trade. There aren't enough of us in the skilled trades it seems anymore. I'd say you have a very good chance at a long successful career. Theresa