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At first, tackling a big paint job may look easy and doable for an amateur, but many people soon realize why painting contractors are called in for the job. Painting a room could take an entire day for an amateur, whereas a contractor can get it done cleanly and efficiently in just a few hours. At some point, you may be looking at your paint job and wondering to yourself, “how much do painting contractors charge per hour“? Well, there are a few things to take into account when trying to calculate what their hourly charge will be, because it’s variable.

How painting contractors decide rates

To begin, you do not want to pick the one with the cheapest rate because that does not always mean you are going to get the best job. An hourly rate can range anywhere from $20- $100, and it depends on a variety of factors. One of the most important factors is the size of the room or rooms that they will be painting, as well as what exactly they will be painting. If they’re dealing with damaged walls or have to cover up a darker color, then it may be more work and time consuming which would result in a higher amount charged.

If you’re asking them to paint trim, include accent colors, or do anything more than a normal paint job, then it could also add to your hourly rate. If you’re supplying the paint color, that could subtract from the price, but if you’re requiring they bring the paint or even a special kind of paint, that might add to the rate. Needing colors custom mixed is also another aspect to be aware of.

Cost factors to consider

This may be surprising, but paint can cost anywhere from $15-$80. If you’re unsure what type of paint to get, it’s best to consult with the painter about what they think would work best for your specific paint job. If you have a 1,500 square foot house, you will probably need about 10 gallons which can cost $250. In contrast, if you’re painting a 4,000 square foot house, you will need around 25 gallons which can amount to roughly $625. If you’re asking the paint contractor to supply this, do not be surprised when the hourly rate is more than you anticipated.

Beyond the paint itself, there are supplies they will probably need to provide as well since most people do not have all of the necessities just laying around. These include things like primer, caulking, masking paper, and masking plastic. Additionally, there may be instances where more prep is required, such as the walls being damaged. This would result in more materials needed, hence a higher hourly rate.

Labor costs

These are additional finances that would be added to the labor cost. Generally, a labor cost is around $20 per hour, so all of this extra stuff they require would add onto that base cost. On average, to paint an entire interior room that is around 1,500 square feet, the cost can be somewhere from $1,000 to $3,000. These are important numbers to keep in mind while considering how much you are willing to pay hourly for a contractor.

Final Thoughts

These are all important things to consider before you hire a contractor. If you feel that the paint job is easy, a small space, and you have the paint, then it should be on the lower range. If you have a job that requires way more work on the contractor’s end, then it’s justifiable if they charge more hourly. Being more aware of how much work and money your job will require will give you a better handle on getting a contractor who will charge you the right amount for a good job.