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Painting Contractors

SIC 1721  |  NAICS 238320

The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Residential & Commercial Painters  (view report)
House Painting & Decorating Contractors  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample report and selected data including market size based on revenue, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

The Sherwin-Williams Company
PPC Magazine

Quarterly publication features news and information for residential and commercial painting contractors, with topics covered in various issues including business management, marketing strategies, business growth opportunities, paint technology, product applications, styles and techniques, new products and services, and contractor and project profiles. Current and archived digital editions are available online.

American Painting Contractor Magazine

Monthly trade publication features news and information for painting and decorating contractors, with topics covered in various issues of the magazine including business operations, sales and marketing, personnel management, product application techniques, new products and services, and tools and equipment. Digital editions are available online, with free subscription available to qualifying parties.

Freedonia Group
Research reports available from this organization include:

Paint & Coatings: United States
Market research study analyzes U.S. demand for paint and coatings in the architectural, manufacturing, and maintenance and special coatings markets, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by market segment (e.g., residential construction, nonresidential construction, industrial maintenance, roads and bridges, and marine equipment), applications and end users, and formulation.

Wall Coverings: United States
Market research report analyzes U.S. demand for wall coverings in the residential and nonresidential markets, with information provided including historical demand and forecasts by product (e.g., panels, wallpaper, and decorative tile), market segment (e.g., new housing, residential improvement and repair, nonresidential construction, and nonresidential improvement and repair), and housing or building type.

Market Analysis

Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Painting Contractors  Search for "238320"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:
Sample national and metropolitan area reports are available free online.

Residential & Commercial Painters
(see links for individual reports)

Financial benchmarking section of this report provide an analysis of industry income and expenses as a percentage of annual revenue for firms that paint interior and exterior building surfaces, apply wallpaper and other types of wall coverings to walls and ceilings, and apply paint or other protective coatings to bridges, towers, railroad trestles, highway overpasses, and other nonbuilding structures.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Compensation information available from this organization includes:

Painting and Wall Covering Contractors
Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed in this service sector on a national, state, and metropolitan area basis, with job categories covered in the survey including construction and maintenance painters who paint buildings, bridges, and other structures, and paperhangers who cover interior wall and ceiling surfaces with decorative wallpaper or fabric.

Construction and Maintenance Painters /
Occupational outlook and employment statistics sections provide wage data for construction and maintenance painters, with industries for which wage data is reported including building finishing contractors, residential building construction, nonresidential building construction, ship and boat building, local government, employment services, and highway, street, and bridge construction.

PayScale, Inc.
Compensation information available from this organization includes:

Painting Contractors
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions, such as project manager, painting supervisor, house painter, and construction and maintenance painter, for firms that paint interior and exterior building surfaces and apply paint or other corrosion-resistant protective coatings to bridges, towers, railroad trestles, overpasses, and other exterior structures.

Industrial Painter
Free online service provides compensation data for industrial painters by level of experience and for selected locations, with personnel included in this occupational category commonly employed in the construction and manufacturing sectors and primarily engaged in applying paints and other coatings to the interiors and exteriors of buildings and other structures and machinery of all types and sizes.

Business Valuation Resources

BVR Business Valuation Guides and Books
Painting Companies: What's Your Business Worth?

Report focuses on factors and characteristics that affect the value of a painting company, with topics covered including reasons for valuing a company, industry and company-specific factors that affect value, and important earnings measures brokers and appraisers consider when valuing a company.

Private company sales transaction data for over 800 industries.

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