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Employment: Painting and Coating Workers, Except Construction and Maintenance




Painting and coating workers held about 186,000 jobs in 2004. Lesser skilled coating, painting, and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders accounted for about 103,000 jobs, while more skilled transportation equipment painters constituted about 53,000. Another 29,000 jobs were held by painting, coating, and decorating workers.

Approximately 70 percent of salaried jobs were found in manufacturing establishments, where the workers applied coatings to items such as fabricated metal products, motor vehicles and related equipment, industrial machines, household and office furniture, and plastic, wood, and paper products. Outside manufacturing, workers included automotive painters employed by independent automotive repair shops and workers employed by body repair and paint shops operated by retail motor vehicle dealers. About 6 percent of painting and coating workers were self-employed.