Industrial Spraypainters operate spray painting equipment to paint and apply other industrial coatings to manufactured items (Vehicle Painters are shown separately).

A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

Tasks

  • grinding, sanding and cleaning surfaces of items to be painted
  • loading paint, oil, lacquer, varnish and rustproofing agents into spray equipment
  • connecting hoses to spray equipment and adjusting spray nozzles to required pressure
  • securing items to be sprayed within spray booths or placing them onto conveyors
  • directing spray guns to apply even coatings
  • moving items to drying areas and stacking them for further painting and packaging
  • starting and monitoring extractor and drying fans, and heaters
  • cleaning nozzles, containers and hoses of equipment
  • may operate paint dipping baths
  • may mix coating solutions and regulate their temperature

Job Titles

  • Industrial Spraypainter
  • Industrial Spraypainter

    Specialisations: Powder Coater, Rust Proofer

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $984 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    9,500
  • Unemployment

    above average
  • Male Share

    100.0%
  • Female Share

    0.0%
  • Full-Time Share

    92.4%

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This is a small occupation employing 9500 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria have a large share of Industrial Spraypainters.
  • They mainly work in: Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 42.0 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $984 per week (below the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The average age is 38 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
20055800
20066100
20077700
20085000
20096200
20108100
20117500
20126100
20135800
20145800
20159500
20208400

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsIndustrial SpraypaintersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings9841230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryIndustrial SpraypaintersAll Jobs Average
Full-time92.468.4
Part-time7.631.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)42.040.0

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing44.0
Construction27.0
Other Services9.2
Administrative and Support Services6.5
Other Industries13.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateIndustrial SpraypaintersAll Jobs Average
NSW11.631.8
VIC31.025.5
QLD26.919.8
SA5.36.8
WA21.611.2
TAS3.32.0
NT0.31.1
ACT0.01.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketIndustrial SpraypaintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.45.4
20-2410.4-9.99.9
25-3432.2-23.423.4
35-4444.6-21.721.7
45-549.3-21.121.1
55-590.0-8.78.7
60-640.0-5.95.9
65 and Over3.6-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryIndustrial SpraypaintersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males100.0Males53.6
Females0.0Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Certificate II or III, or at least 1 year of relevant experience, is usually needed to work in this job. Even with a qualification, sometimes experience or on-the-job training is necessary.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

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It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Industrial Spraypainters who provide good customer service, are reliable and can work well in a team.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Public Safety and Security

    78% Important

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  2. Administration and Management

    75% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  3. English Language

    72% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    70% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Building and Construction

    69% Important

    Materials, methods, and the tools used to construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    79% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    79% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  3. Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others

    77% Important

    Getting a group of people to work together to finish a task.

  4. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    75% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  5. Performing General Physical Activities

    75% Important

    Doing things that use of your arms and legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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