These are early 80's wages, for a non union shop! Unless your hiring undocumented workers or tweekers, wages should be around $20 to $28 per hr. for non union painters.$ 30 per hour....that's a bit excessive. If you only have 1 employee maybe, but still too high. How can you afford to stay competetive by paying your employees union scale ? I pay between $ 9.50-11.00 Prep men, $11.50-12.50 painters, and $13.00-15.00 spray men and supervision. With that, the supervisor gets a phone, and gas card.