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Old 07-16-2014, 09:54 PM   #21
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Start at $50/hour/person and dial it in. Like others said, track your production rates for doors, walls, etc...

KNOW your overhead! Calculate it.

A good rule of thumb is at least triple your hourly pay. So if $15/hr is good pay where you are then start at $45.

Also, each job ask for more money until you lose bids. Dial it down to the last successful rate and voila!

I am up to $100+ hr on most jobs, others I have made close to $500. Know your production rates, be open to find efficiency.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:01 PM   #22
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Wow! I am a hack
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Start at $50/hour/person and dial it in. Like others said, track your production rates for doors, walls, etc... KNOW your overhead! Calculate it. A good rule of thumb is at least triple your hourly pay. So if $15/hr is good pay where you are then start at $45. Also, each job ask for more money until you lose bids. Dial it down to the last successful rate and voila! I am up to $100+ hr on most jobs, others I have made close to $500. Know your production rates, be open to find efficiency.
Try to get these numbers here in miami unless you doing/have high end clientele with references you ain't going to fit in.
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Old 07-16-2014, 10:39 PM   #24
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That's two guys one hour he bills out. Basically his daily rate is 800$ him and one guy. Not bad I would say


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All that's ever discussed around here is bidding by the square foot. That's why I'm inquiring about average the hourly rate.


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Thanks for the information.


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I believe the op doesn't know what he's doing based on his questions. No coincidence he's asking how much someone starting out makes. Sm2buck, Someone starting out should get paid what he earns from his boss whom knows what he is doing and built a quality company through training and experience.

You need to get trained by a professional paint company, then you will know what rate you should make.
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First off, I have painted for many years; including boats in the military and for my father who did it as a side job during his summer breaks as a teacher. I wouldn't consider myself a "professional" because that word is used loosely. I'm merely doing this work part time and received a license, which any john off the streets can obtain anyway. There is such a wide margin on what painters charge around here and was looking for a little insight as to how you all charge. I'm confident in my abilities and pay attention to detail when working. I believe in order to be successful, a man should do his homework and research, therefore, I'm utilizing this website to further educate myself and not just be a low balling painter that steals job from all the professionals here. Thanks


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A license is very difficult to get here
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I stated my numbers so you can see how it varies across the country. As you can see by the responses, it varies big time regionally. No one can truly tell you what to make.

Made $200/hr today. 2brm flat blow n go for $600 (prep included). $600 for 3 hrs work 2 guys. That's $100/hr each. Some days you win, others you lose.

This week two of us did 5 units for roughly 3k in 80 man hours due to scheduling issues (roughly $37/hr each) so in the long view I lost that bet. Like others have said, track your production rates and look for ways to be more efficient.
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A license is very difficult to get here
And not even required in a lot (maybe most) areas...
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First off, I have painted for many years; including boats in the military and for my father who did it as a side job during his summer breaks as a teacher. I wouldn't consider myself a "professional" because that word is used loosely. I'm merely doing this work part time and received a license, which any john off the streets can obtain anyway. There is such a wide margin on what painters charge around here and was looking for a little insight as to how you all charge. I'm confident in my abilities and pay attention to detail when working. I believe in order to be successful, a man should do his homework and research, therefore, I'm utilizing this website to further educate myself and not just be a low balling painter that steals job from all the professionals here. Thanks


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I have not read all this nonsense , but where is here?
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I read all the smack. I thought at first it was an elaborate attempt to get a bid. Did seem fishy but how can you tell with just a few typed words in this world wide web.
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