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Paintings Restorer Salary

$45,659 (USD)

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Last updated: June 18, 2019

Salary Recap

The average pay for a Paintings Restorer is $45,659 a year and $22 an hour in the United States. The average salary range for a Paintings Restorer is between $33,909 and $55,462. This compensation analysis is based on salary survey data collected directly from employers and anonymous employees in the United States.

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Job Summary

  • Restores damaged and faded paintings and preserves paintings, using techniques based on knowledge of art and art materials: examines surfaces of painting, using magnifying device, and performs tests to determine factors, such as age, structure, pigment stability, and probable reaction to various cleaning agents and solvents.
  • Removes painting from frame.
  • Applies select solvents and cleaning agents and uses predetermined method to clean surface of painting and remove accretions, discolorations, and deteriorated varnish.
  • Stretches new linen backing, applies paste material to back of painting, and laminates parts together, using laminating press.
  • Dries laminated painting under controlled conditions to prevent shrinkage.
  • Applies beeswax or other substance to damaged or faded areas where restoration is needed.
  • Studies style, techniques, colors, textures, and materials used by artist to maintain consistency in reconstruction or retouching procedures.
  • Reconstructs or retouches damaged areas and blends area into adjacent areas to restore painting to original condition.
  • Applies varnish or other preservative to surface of painting and dries under controlled conditions.
  • May remove paint layer from backing and remount on canvas, wood, or metal support using pressure and special adhesives.
  • May apply neutral color powder to damaged areas to restore areas.
Paintings Restorer Job Prevalence in the United States

Job family: Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

Job family population: 11,230

Estimated population of Paintings Restorer jobs: 572

Rate of error: 5.1%

Salary Potential

Estimated salary in 2024:
5 Year Change:
16 %


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