Originally Posted by Oly
What's a reasonable per hour rate to pay an experienced interior house painter? I know it will vary, but just looking for a realistic range. As a for instance, would $65/hour be within the realm of reasonableness? Thanks.
Depends in part whether or not paint is included in that price.
For just labor, no, $65 is not in my opinion reasonable. If the painter is also
supplying sufficient paint for a primer coat and two color coats, maybe, because quality paint does cost a little bit.
Actually, around here it's more common for interiors painters to offer a flat rate based on square footage to cover rather than an hourly rate. That way there is no penalty for finishing early, and no incentive to drag out the job.