A painter’s hourly rate varies from $65 to $105. Expect pricing fluctuations on labour for a specific type of painting job you may require and additional services. Extra fees may be incurred when painting materials are supplied by the contractor.
The table below shows you the painters’ rates per hour. Prices include overheads and profits.
|City||Average Contract Charge-Out Rate|
|Sydney||$74 to $105|
|Brisbane||$84 to $88|
|Perth||$82 to $87|
|Melbourne||$79 to 87|
|Adelaide||$65 to $75|
*Price estimates are based on Rawlinsons’ Australian Construction Handbook 2018, Edition 36.
When asking about the expected cost of labour, verify if the painter carries a Certificate III in Painting and Decorating. In some states, local painters are required to hold a licence before they can enter into contracts.
In NSW, a painter must be licensed under a given set of conditions. If a painting job will cost more than $1,000 (incl. labour and materials), the hired painter should present a valid licence before commencing the work.
Note: When asking for itemised quotations, ensure to clarify your requirements to know how much you need to budget your painting cost. Some painters charge on a square metre basis.
Painting Services Cost
Whether you’re painting a room or repainting the exterior walls, it pays to know how much professional painters charge for each service.
A colour consulting service will add to your expenses especially if you’re planning a major house painting cost. There are dedicated colour consultants to help homeowners decide what theme is best suited for their property.
The more colours you will require, the greater the costs will be charged.
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The cost of exterior house painting varies depending on the type of materials used and the size of the property. Painting brick surfaces may cost more than timber. Expect to be quoted around $12 to $60 per m2 for timber.
Exterior timber maintenance
External timber structures are prone to decay and moulds. This means they have to be regularly maintained to keep them in good condition. Frequent cleaning and painting may mean higher costs.
Fence painting is an outdoor job similar to exterior painting. The cost will depend on the materials such as timber, brick or aluminium. Timber fences, for instance, may be priced higher than brick fences since they require more preparation work.
The cost for the overall fence painting job will increase if you need to replace old or damaged timber boards.
For roof painting projects, expect to pay around $2,000 to $7,000. The cost covers the expenses for cleaning, preparation and the actual application. Labour prices may alter depending on the number of days required to accomplish the job.
The indicative cost of interior painting can be anywhere between $3 to $21 per m2. This includes primer, sealer and undercoats applied on walls and ceilings. Prices vary depending on the brand and quality of products used.
A spray painting service may cost more than a standard painting for interior and exterior, depending on the painter’s work speed and experience. Spray painters may have to charge higher for painting smooth surfaces as the work requires additional preparation.
Spray painting can also be an option for homeowners wanting to improve the look of their painted surfaces.
Paint finishes such as matte and gloss finalise the look of the surface. These materials will have an implication on how professional painters will price the job in terms of labour and materials.
What are the Factors that Influence the Cost of Painting Jobs?
Following the different types of painting services are the aspects to consider when budgeting your cost for painting.
1. Painter’s level of experience
Your prospective painter’s experience can have an impact on labour costs. A more experienced painter may have the latest painting equipment and techniques to ensure high-quality results.
Incompetent painters are more likely to redo the job, incurring higher fees for labour and materials. Always verify credentials before hiring to avoid doubling your expenses.
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2. Indoor or outdoor painting
The cost to paint the interior of a house may be less than that of the exterior. Things such as the height of the ceiling and the number of doors to paint have to be factored in when calculating the price.
Local painters may charge more for exterior painting jobs requiring the use of additional equipment such as scaffolding. Repainting exterior walls may also need more time to be cleaned before carrying out the actual painting procedure.
These aspects will affect the painter’s hourly rate.
3. Scope of work
If you’re looking to repaint your home, a house painter is more advisable to hire than a painter who specialises in furniture painting. Choosing a tradie with no background in residential painting won’t be financially rewarding.
Expect to pay more for walls or ceilings with structural issues. Plaster walls, for instance, need to be replastered first before painting. Patching up holes must also be addressed. The need for repairs and preparation work will attract increased costs.
Note: Accessibility issues and work complexities are other factors to be considered. Ensure that you hire a painter that suits your requirements, which is not always the cheapest.
Get Quotes: Hiring the Right Painters
It’s important to draft the project specifics when asking for quotations from several professional painters. The first thing to determine is the range of painting services that you might need.
Are you repainting your home using a different colour scheme? Do you see signs of paint chips or surface damage on walls or ceilings? What area around your property would you need to repaint?
The more you specify your requirements, the more accurate the quotations will be provided. You may also request for a site inspection to help them know your exact needs and consider other factors which add to your painting costs.
As a general rule, do not hire a painter with no varied credentials and experience. Look for tradies who have valid licences or certifications to avoid disputes.
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