How much do painters charge per hour in Vancouver?

Thinking of hiring professional painters to upgrade your home? Let’s look at the expected costs and values of hiring professional home painters in Vancouver.

How painters quote their work

Many painting contractors generally don’t charge on hourly terms but rather on a per job (or project) basis, usually priced in square foot or 100 square foot blocks. See our blog posts on cost of exterior paint jobs in Vancouver, and cost of interior paint jobs in Vancouver. This implies that the entire cost of your paint job will be determined by the size of your home, the number of doors, trim type, or the complexity of its architecture. Other factors to consider include paint quality and the amount of prep work required before painting. 

On the other hand, you’ll also find painters who charge hourly rates according to their level of experience, typically in Vancouver they will be in the $40 to $60 per hour price range.

Hiring a Per-Hour Painter by Their Expertise Level

Painters that charge by the hour have different prices depending on their level of expertise. Painting contractors typically have three experience levels: apprentice, journeyman, and master. 

The average cost of hiring a painter on an hourly rate ranges from $40 to $60, with a journeyman painter charging $50 per hour to prep and paint a property, including drywall repairs if necessary. 

However, you can hire an apprentice painter for $25 to $40 an hour to prep and paint your home with no repairs included. If your budget allows, you can pay a master painter $60 to $100 per hour for the same task, but this rate may include drywall and siding repairs.

Must you pay an average of $50 an hour for a painter? 

There are several reasons why painters charge this hourly rate.

1. The painters you hire are highly accomplished artisans. 

Painters are accomplished artisans with a keen attention to detail that the average person lacks. Some people consider painting to be a low-skill minimum-wage work, but low-skill labor produces low-skill results. You want your home to be a showpiece: and a professional will ensure a quality job.

2. Painting contractors provide their crew with insurance and health benefits. 

To keep their workers happy and healthy, many contractors provide them insurance and health benefits. What’s more, they offer you (the customer) the assurance that you won’t be liable for any injuries or accidents that occur on your property. 

3. They don’t cut corners on job-related expenses. 

There are minor job expenses involved with any paint job. A roll of floor-covering paper. Covering furniture with a roll of plastic. Drywall tape to make sure that cracks are properly fixed and do not reappear. Caulking and patching to fix holes and gaps. Brushes and roller sleeves. These items seem minor, yet they add up to at least 5% of the total job expenses.

4. Like any business, painters have overhead expenses.

They make the necessary investments.

A brush, roller, and roller tray aren’t the only painting instruments needed. Painters use drop sheets, mud pans, and drywall knives to repair drywall.

When painters dust, they employ dust extractors to ensure that dust does not enter your home. Every ten minutes, air cleaners filter the air in a 400 square foot area. 


Painters want to make sure they have the safest and most efficient access to all areas of your home. They’ve put thousands of dollars into a variety of ladders in order to transform your home. 


Painters have their own trucks to bring their materials to your place. The average cost of operating a vehicle for them is between $8000 and $10,000 per year.

Storage Unit 

When they are not using their equipment, they may have to keep it in a storage container. This adds extra $2400 to their annual budget. When the figures are added up for the year, their overhead is usually around 20% of revenue.

Contact a reliable painting contractor in Vancouver 

To get the most out of your house painting budget, hire a respected Vancouver painting contractor to guarantee a high-quality and long-lasting paint job. To book a free estimate, call us at Tall Guy Painting. We can then assist you in determining your home’s painting requirements, as well as your choices and expectations. 

Call us right away at (778) 726-2352 for your exterior or interior painting needs.

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