Painting Contractor (Commercial)
License required in 22 states
31st most burdensome licensing requirements among moderate-income occupations
71st most heavily regulated occupation among moderate-income occupations
What They DoPainting contractors contract with clients to paint walls, equipment, buildings, bridges and other structural surfaces using brushes, rollers and spray guns. They may also remove old paint to prepare a surface prior to painting or mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency. Typically, only contractors require licenses, not the painters who work for them. In some states, licensing requirements differ based on the setting. Those with a residential license may work only on residential properties, while those with a commercial license may work on commercial properties. Other states require the same license regardless of the setting, and this report records that license in both settings. Many states have contract minimums before the contractor’s license applies. See Appendix B for details.
Twenty-two states license painting contractors working on commercial properties. Nine states require between two and five years of experience working under a licensed contractor. Alabama and Mississippi require completion of three contracted jobs. Eleven states require no experience. On average, states require 488 days of education and experience, $382 in fees ($1,078 in Nevada), and one exam. These high barriers give commercial painting contractors the 31st most burdensome requirements of the 102 occupations studied.
States Ranked by Average Licensing Burden for 102 Lower-Income Occupations
More Burdensome Less BurdensomBased on data released in November 2017
|Burden Rank||State||States Licensed||Fees||Estimated Calendar Days Lost||Education||Experience||Exams||Minimum Grade||Minimum Age|
|5||Oregon||22||$385||1463||16 clock hours||4 years||1||0||18|
|7||Virginia||22||$320||731||8 clock hours||2 years||1||0||18|
|8||Utah||22||$549||733||20 clock hours||2 years||2||0||0|
|9||South Carolina||22||$250||730||2 years||1||0||0|
|10||Mississippi||22||$640||67||3 jobs, contractors||2||0||0|
|11||Alabama||22||$492||67||3 jobs, contractors||2||0||0|
|13||Rhode Island||22||$200||1||5 clock hours||0||0||18|