Vehicle Painters prepare surfaces of vehicles, match and mix colours and apply paint.

A Certificate II/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • removing rough spots on vehicle panels
  • sanding surfaces by hand and with power sanders
  • masking areas not to be painted with tape and paper
  • colour matching and mixing paints to match paint shades, and selecting pre-mixed paint
  • applying primer and finishing coats using spray-guns, and sanding surfaces between coats
  • touching up paintwork and applying polish to vehicles
  • removing masking papers, and waxing and polishing finished paintwork
  • painting signs and artwork on vehicles
  • treating vehicles with rust-proofing chemicals

Job Titles

  • Vehicle Painter, or Vehicle Refinisher

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      $1,125 Before Tax
    • Future Growth

      stable
    • Skill Level

      Certificate III or IV
    • Employment Size

      12600
    • Unemployment

      above average
    • Male Share

      99.0%
    • Female Share

      1.0%
    • Full-Time Share

      91.1%

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    This is a medium sized occupation employing 12,600 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.
    Little change in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Queensland has a large share of Vehicle Painters.
    • They mainly work in: Other Services; Manufacturing; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Almost all work full-time. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.3 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $1,125 per week (similar to the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
    • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was above average.

    In 2016, employers in most states and territories found it hard to recruit Vehicle Painters. To find out more, view the Department of Employment's latest skill shortage research opens in a new window.

    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
    200510300
    200612500
    200711300
    200814800
    200910600
    201010700
    201110300
    20129400
    201310400
    20147600
    201512600
    202012600

    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.
    EarningsVehicle PaintersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11251230

    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.
    CategoryVehicle PaintersAll Jobs Average
    Full-time91.168.4
    Part-time8.931.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.340

    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)
    Other Services76.4
    Manufacturing8.2
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.8
    Retail Trade3.7
    Other Industries7.9

    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.
    StateVehicle PaintersAll Jobs Average
    NSW24.931.8
    VIC20.225.5
    QLD30.619.8
    SA7.76.8
    WA12.611.2
    TAS22
    NT0.81.1
    ACT1.21.8

    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 BracketVehicle PaintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-191.4-5.45.4
    20-2420.3-9.99.9
    25-3421.4-23.423.4
    35-4420.4-21.721.7
    45-5430.3-21.121.1
    55-595-8.78.7
    60-640.6-5.95.9
    65 and Over0.5-3.83.8

    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.
    CategoryVehicle PaintersCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males99Males53.6
    Females1Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

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    A Certificate II/IV is usually needed to work in this job and most workers have this qualification. Training is most commonly through an apprenticeship which combines on-the-job training with the qualification. Registration or licensing may be required.

    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.

    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 Vehicle Painters who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

    Knowledge

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

    1. English Language

      64% Important

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

    2. Chemistry

      55% Important

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change. Danger signs and disposal methods.

    3. Mechanical

      54% Important

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    4. Production and Processing

      54% Important

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    5. Administration and Management

      54% Important

      Planning and coordination of people and resources.

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    Activities

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

    1. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

      89% Important

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

    2. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

      88% Important

      Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

    3. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

      86% Important

      Comparing objects, actions, or events, looking for differences between them or changes over time.

    4. Getting Information

      83% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      82% Important

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

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