How to become a Vehicle Painter

Vehicle painters prepare surfaces of vehicles, match and mix colours, and apply primer and finishing coats of paint.

Personal requirements of a Vehicle Painter

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Normal colour vision
  • No breathing-related problems
  • No allergies to thinners or paints
  • Able to stand or bend for lengthy periods

Education & Training for a Vehicle Painter

To become a vehicle painter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

slight growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.7%

NSW 30.3%

NT 1%

QLD 21.2%

SA 7.9%

TAS 0.9%

VIC 28.8%

WA 9.1%

Hours worked:



above average

Gender split:

Male 99.1%

Female 0.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 20.4%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 79.6%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 52.6%

Above 35 years: 46.4%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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