Painting training is subject to demand and availability

What Painters Do

Once the interior of a building is roughed-out, painters and drywall professionals finish the walls and ceilings to make the surfaces clean, consistent, and attractive. They help make the building ready to be occupied.  Drywall is the “skin” of a building’s interior; paint and other surface finishes are like a cosmetic.

Painters apply paint, stain, varnish, and other finishes to buildings and other structures.  This involves mixing paints, matching colors, and preparing surfaces before painting by applying a primer or sealer, and washing the walls and trim as needed.  Painters also determine the best applicator for the job.

How Much Can I Earn?

As an entry level apprentice or painter, you can start at $9-$12 per hour.  As you learn and increase your skill set, you can advance to $15 per hour.  An experienced painter, particularly with supervisory skills, can make upwards of $50,000 a year!

What Can I Expect from a Career in Painting?

If you have attention for detail and a creative mind, painting can be a great career.  It requires skill, dexterity, and a good understanding of color and finishes.  Painting is challenging and satisfying work.  No day or project is ever the same.  It can be physically challenging – there is standing, climbing, and bending involved.  It is also mentally challenging – the ability to visualize and to perform cost estimates quickly are all part of the job.  Someone who can do careful, neat work and needs little supervision is a good candidate.  Painters can work both outdoors and indoors.  This craft offers great opportunity to be self-employed and own your own business.  Roughly 40% of painters today are independent!

How do I Get Started?

Call us today at 847-709-2960, or fill out the form on the right and we will contact you ASAP to get you started!

If you are not in Illinois, you can also contact your local ABC Chapter for information in your area on training and job opportunities.  There are 75 ABC Chapters nationwide; you can find a complete listing at

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