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

Also known as: Vehicle Refinisher.

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in automotive refinishing technology or another relevant vehicle painting course is needed to work as a Vehicle Painter.

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

All Vehicle Painters

  • $1,406 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 13,300 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 36 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Vehicle Painters (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow over the next 5 years:
from 13,300 in 2018 to 13,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 7,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,400 a year).

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Vehicle Painters work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Construction.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,406 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (91%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 36 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employers found it hard to fill vacancies for Vehicle Painters in 2018. Find out more in the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business latest report on Vehicle Painters.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
200813600
200912100
201010600
201111100
20129000
201310900
20148100
201511000
201610300
201713100
201813300
202313700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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 Earnings14061460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Other Services77.6
Manufacturing9.0
Construction5.6
Transport, Postal and Warehousing2.1
Other Industries5.7

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateVehicle PaintersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.331.6
VIC26.225.6
QLD20.120.0
SA8.67.0
WA11.910.8
TAS2.12.0
NT0.81.0
ACT1.01.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketVehicle PaintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-194.7-5.05.0
20-2413.5-9.39.3
25-3427.4-22.922.9
35-4423.3-22.022.0
45-5419.7-21.621.6
55-596.1-9.09.0
60-643.7-6.06.0
65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationVehicle PaintersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.0-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma1.7-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV73.1-21.121.1
Year 128.0-18.118.1
Year 114.0-4.84.8
Year 10 and below12.1-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or an apprenticeship in automotive refinishing technology or another relevant vehicle painting course is needed to work as a Vehicle Painter.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • licence to undertake vehicle repair work from your relevant state or territory authority

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    45% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Mechanical

    41% Skill level

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

  3. Production and Processing

    33% Skill level

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

  4. Administration and Management

    33% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  5. Mathematics

    32% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9122.00 - Painters, Transportation Equipment.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Exposed to Contaminants

    100% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  2. Exposed to Hazardous Conditions

    98% Important

    How often do you work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals?

  3. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    98% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  4. Spend Time Standing

    97% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    96% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 51-9122.00 - Painters, Transportation Equipment.

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