Cost to Paint Interior and Exterior of House

One of the most important factors in finding and hiring a home painter near you is the cost. Finding good local contractors near you deserve its own article, so let us focus first on the costing and how much you should budget for the painting job.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics pegs the median pay at around $18.06 per hour. Median annual pay was around $37k per year. However, this is an average, and depending on the state can be higher or lower than the average.

Their cost is affected by a lot of factors. For one, there are the specifications of the job as well as the cost of materials. There is also the number of years in the industry and at the same time, the different levels of wages present in differing states. Lastly, there are the payment agreements, which can be calculated per square foot or by project or per hour. Having quotes and estimates can definitely help you get a pulse of the current market prices.

How Much is the Expected Cost for House Painting Regarding Materials?

Let us take this step by step.

First is the cost of materials. On average, a gallon of paint can do a single coating of the walls for a 350 to 400 square foot room. Depending on the kind of wall - like a drywall which has no paint - you might use slightly more. The average gallon of paint costs around $25 to $40 but the premium ones are slightly more expensive at $50 to $100.

Houses in the United States on average are quite large and spacious. They typically reach 2,000 square feet or more. The cost for the gallon of paint alone then, for painting a whole house, runs around $125 for the cheaper ones while $500 for the more expensive ones.

For the tools themselves, you may need a pressure washer or sprayer, whose rent costs around $50 to $100 and then scaffoldings at $20 to $75 and a power sprayer for $50 to $100. We also have other miscellaneous tools, items, and equipment, which can cost anywhere between $400 and $600.

The basic rule of thumb is that paint and supplies, tools and equipment will cost around 15 to 25 percent of the cost while labor is a bigger slice at 75 to 85%.

How Much is the Typical Labor Cost?

According to the Bureau of Labor, bottom 10% costs $11.95 per hour for painters while the top 10% costs $30.61 per hour. Top five paying states are Alaska at $27.30, Illinois at $26.78, Hawaii at $26, New York at $24.53 and Missouri at $24.22.

The top five states with the most number of painters, meaning you can find painters relatively easier, are California with 35 thousand painters with an hourly wage of $22.88, Texas at 18 thousand with an hourly wage of $16.85, Florida at 17 thousand with an hourly wage of $15.53, New York at 13 thousand with an hourly wage of $24.53 and Washington at 9 thousand with an hourly wage of $20.61.

Compared to most workers, painters are largely freelancers at 47%, and while agencies and companies do exist, they also largely contact freelancers. The wages can also be affected by the seasons, with painters generally charging more for summer and charging less for fall or winter.

You can also have an agreement where the cost will be determined by the square-foot.

Typically, it costs around $1.09 per-square-foot for the low-end and cheaper painters while it can go up to $2.27 per square foot for the higher end and more expensive painters. This already covers the cost of the paint, equipment, and labor, however, most painters will actually accept only if the room to be worked is at the minimum 300 square feet. Most will not accept a painting project if the floor area does not meet a minimum of 400 square feet. Of course, some painters can do kitchens and smaller rooms and can finish it in around 6 hours, so you may want to think about how the cost should be done; either by the hour, square feet or project i.e. whole house.

In a Nutshell

Interior and exterior painting costs definitely vary.  Most freelance painters go by per hour while agencies or associations do projects on a square foot basis. Hourly wages are on average $18.06 per hour, but different states command higher or lower hourly pay. Paint, equipment and other materials cost around 15 percent of the cost, and one gallon of paint can cover a minimum of 350 square foot area and can be budgeted to cover more than 400 square foot area. Costing per square foot is possible, the average is $1.68, but most painters, if costing is done by square feet, has a minimum requirement.

However, while cost is an important factor, it is not the only thing you should look at, remember that if you pay in bananas you get monkeys.