Price from the architectural plans 09 70 Painting & Wallcovering, or a site visit. Measure all the walls and ceiling areas to be painted.
Painting & Coating. CSI 09 91 13- Finishes 09 00 00
Total Bid for interior painting jobs, including both material and labor
per ground square foot
  • Labor costs alone account for 70% to 85% of your total paint job. (Your painters’ hourly rate is the largest component)
  • Ceilings, walls and trim
  • Assume 2 coats of paint
  • Allowances for new construction—add 30% longer for priming and caulking of walls
Supplier/ Subcontractor
Materials Checklist


  •   Paint and primer
  •  Brushes and rollers
  • Caulk and spackle
  • Scrapers and sandpaper
  • Gloves, goggles and masks
  • Coveralls
  • Drop cloths and plastic
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint trays
Contractors like to keep the paint/wall coverings with the drywallers to keep prices down and minimize number of subcontractors on site
Statistics B

Use this construction painting pricing guide to determine what to charge your customers.

Construction scopes include interior painting and at times exterior

Painting prices

Consider 3 things to put together your painting bid: Total Hours for Prep, Total Hours for Application, Total Material Cost
Hourly cost per painter
Per hour
Painting Apartments – Interior    

1 Color with walls Flat and Trim, New Semi-Gloss or 1 color with walls and trim both Eggshell or Semi-Gloss

Per ground square foot

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