As of May 2012, the average pay for an automotive painter is $34,750, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, there are a few different painting jobs in the automotive painting industry that can determine the pay level.
Individuals who paint transportation equipment get paid the most in the automotive painting industry. These painters get paid an average of $39,600 a year. Basic painting and coating workers get paid an average salary of $32,850 a year and general painters get paid around $30,000 a year. Decorative painters get paid the least amount in the automotive industry, according to Find Automotive Schools. These painters are typically paid an average of $27,790 a year.