Cost of professional house and interior painting

The average cost and quoted rate of a standard house painting job is $40/hr, generally excluding the cost of paint and materials. For simpler work, painters charge around $35/hr. Meanwhile, more complex jobs are priced at approximately $45/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Painters on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Hear from an expert
Daniel of Nova Renovations Painting says that an interior painting job for a three-bedroom house can cost $6,500. This price includes materials, and the service covers ceilings and doors as well.


Painting prices from real customers

Jenny from QLD: Interior House Painting Job
Area size: Approximate 60m2 unit
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,350
 Dan from WA: Interior House Painting Job
Area size: Small townhouse; open plan kitchen, dining & lounge; small laundry; bedroom
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,300
 Holly from SA: Exterior House Painting Job
Area size: Second storey guttering & large garage door
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,321.90
 Louise from NSW: Exterior House Painting Job
Area size: Rendered brick fence, 2m high
Materials & labour included
TOTAL COST: $1,300


What all residential painting jobs have in common

Painters consider several things when quoting, one of which is the size of the place. How big or small your house is can greatly affect the overall cost of your job as it influences other factors as well — the quantity of paint required, the other materials needed, and the time it takes to finish the job.

Aside from quantity, you’ll also need to take the quality of the paint into account. High-quality paints are more expensive, but they’ll surely last for years.

The difficulty of the task is a key element too. Included in this area are accessibility, texture of the wall, and complexity of the paint design.

Cost of house painting

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Why Vic has the best “average cost” compared to other states

Now is a good time for Victoria residents to give their home a fresh coat of paint as painters in the state only charge $39.27/hr on average. This is the lowest hourly house painting cost across Australia.

Queensland homeowners can expect to pay $40.43/hr to have their home painted. It’s a bit higher than the average rate in Victoria but is still more affordable than the average painting rates of $43.04/hr in Western Australia, $44.07/hr in New South Wales, and $44.11/hr in South Australia.

The Australian Capital Territory has the highest average residential painting rate at $45.94/hr — only slightly higher than the $45.11/hr rate in Tasmania.

To get the best value for your money, hire a qualified and reliable tradesman for your job. has many local painters who are ready to provide you with top-notch services.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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