This occupation has a high probability of automation.

75.0% probability

of automation

6.1% growth

projected to 2026

381,500 employed

currently in the US

$41,510 annual wage

US, median ($19.96 hourly)

What they do

Paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges, and other structural surfaces, using brushes, rollers, and spray guns. May remove old paint to prepare surface prior to painting. May mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency. Excludes “Paperhangers" (47-2142).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 75.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 411 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 381,500 people have this job. They earn $41,510 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $15,836,065,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $19.96.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 6.1% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 405,000 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).