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

  • $984 Weekly Pay
  • 4,000 workers Employment Size
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower skill Skill level rating
  • Higher unemployment Unemployment
  • 92.1% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41.5 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 4.2% female Gender Share

The number of Industrial Spraypainters fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 4,000 in 2017 to 3,300 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was above average in 2017.
  • Location: Industrial Spraypainters work in many regions of Australia. Many work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Construction; and Other Services.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers earn 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.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92.1%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%) showing part-time work may be hard to find.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41.5 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (51.4%).
  • Gender: 4.2% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20076700
20087300
20093700
20107700
20116500
20127300
20135100
20146700
20156300
20166000
20174000
20223300

Weekly Earnings

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

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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)
Manufacturing54.6
Construction31.3
Other Services4.9
Administrative and Support Services3.6
Other Industries5.6

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 2017, 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
NSW27.131.6
VIC24.626.2
QLD30.819.7
SA6.36.7
WA7.610.8
TAS1.32.0
NT1.61.1
ACT0.81.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, 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
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-247.1-9.99.9
25-3416.6-23.623.6
35-4425.0-21.721.7
45-5443.1-20.820.8
55-593.4-8.88.8
60-644.9-6.06.0
65 and Over0.0-4.04.0

Education Level

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.

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

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  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

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  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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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 47-2141.00 - Painters, Construction and Maintenance.

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