Painting your office, business, or another commercial facility can be a big job, so you’ll want to choose the right contractor. It’s important to find a balance between quality work and a fair price, so knowing what to expect when it comes to cost can help you make the right decision.

On average, commercial paint jobs cost around $45 to $100 per hour, or anywhere from $0.45 to $6 per square foot. Commercial paint jobs may be priced by the labor hour, by size, or by the day. Some painters may offer a per-project price, but there are many factors that affect the final cost. 

How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Commercial Building?

The average rate for painting a commercial building is between $55 and $65 per hour, with some jobs ranging up to $100 per hour for detailed or skilled work, or jobs that occur outside of normal business hours. 

Commercial Painting Cost Per Hour

Low-End Cost Estimate$45 – $55
High-End Cost Estimate$85 – $100
Average Cost Estimate$60 – $75

Of course, there are many factors that go into determining the actual price you’ll pay. The materials cost is the first big factor, which will include how much paint is needed to complete the job. 

The amount of paint will depend on the size of the job and how many coats are needed. Whether the work is interior or exterior or if specialized paint is required will also affect the materials cost. 

The job’s size will also affect the labor costs. The number of painters and their hourly rates will determine how much you pay to get the job done. In most cases, you should expect to pay between $55 and $100 per hour. 

The building’s conditions may also play a role in your cost, especially if wall surfaces need repair work like patching holes and cracks or if drywall work is needed. If the painters need to get up high to do the job, there could be extra fees for this work. 

If the owner wants the painting to occur after business hours or has other special restrictions, that could also mean an increase from the standard hourly rates. 

Painting Costs by Method

The method the painters use for the job will also impact the cost. For example, using a brush versus a roller, mitt, or sprayer will all affect how quickly the job will get done and how much paint will be used. 

In general, spray jobs are less expensive than those done with rollers and brushes. They are quicker and require less skilled labor to do the work. 

Commercial Painting Cost Per Square Foot

Another way to look at pricing for commercial painting is by square foot. Since larger areas require more materials and take longer to paint, charging by the square foot is a common method that many contractors use. 

Interior painting typically costs between $0.45 and $4 per square foot, but it may be more for doing trim work. Some exterior projects may be cheaper per square foot because the painting is less detailed and less labor intensive. 

How the paint is applied can also impact the cost. For example, hours of painting with a roller or brush may be more expensive than doing the job with a paint sprayer. That’s because the job would take longer and likely require more paint than using a more efficient paint sprayer. 

Square FootageMin. Price EstimateMax. Price Estimate
500$225$3,000
1,000$450$9,000
1,500$675$9,000
2,000$900$12,000
2,500$1,125$15,000

Keep in mind that an average paint gallon can cover about 350 square feet (single coat), but that number can vary depending on your paint’s quality, consistency, and color. More area means more paint, and high-quality paint can be expensive. 

A gallon of high-quality paint may cost anywhere from $30 to $75, so you could be looking at several hundred dollars to well over $1,000 just for your paint supply costs alone.

How Much Does it Cost to Paint an Exterior Wall? 

Commercial exterior painting typically costs between $2 and $6 per square foot, but the cost can vary quite a bit depending on several factors. For one, the wall’s height will have an effect on the pricing and what kinds of special equipment may be needed. 

Also, the detailed work on a building’s exterior can increase the cost quite a bit. For example, trim work, dealing with windows and frames, shutters, doors, foundations, and garage doors can all impact the cost. 

Contractors also have to consider the weather and environmental conditions when painting exterior walls. That means it could potentially slow the job down if they have to take time off due to weather. When it’s too hot and humid, the paint may not dry quick enough, causing delays between coats.

How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Parking Lot? 

When it comes to commercial painting, we don’t always think about exterior jobs like parking areas and road striping. Still, this is an important part of a business or other establishment, so it’s another cost to consider. 

For a 300-square-foot parking area, striping for parking spaces may cost anywhere from $10 to $35 per space. 

Heavier applications typically cost more than light applications, and adding graphics may also increase the price. If there are wheel stops that need painting (such as a handicap accessible space with a blue parking stop), that’s an added charge to consider. 

Asphalt or pavement striping may cost anywhere from $0.35 to $0.75 per linear foot. Single stripes along curbs or to mark lanes are less expensive than the red paint used for creating a fire lane along a curb. 

Adding graphics like handicap symbols, arrows, or no parking symbols are also possible costs to consider in a parking area. These can add $15 to $50 each to the total price. 

How Much Does it Cost to Paint a Commercial Floor? 

Having a commercial floor painted may cost between $2 and $6 per square foot for paint or overlay. Epoxy is more expensive, and may be up to $16 per square foot. The price may vary based on the materials and floor conditions.  

For example, having to fill defects, level out the surface, or do additional site preparation may increase the labors and materials charges. The finish may also impact the price. For example, whether the floor finish is glossy, semi-glossy, or unfinished will affect the materials and cost. 

MaterialsEstimated Cost per Square Foot
Concrete Paint$2 – $4 
Concrete Stain$2 – $4
Polymer Modified Overlay$5 – $6
Epoxy$13 – $16
Painting  Commercial Floor using a compressor

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Vehicle Spray Painted? 

If you have your own business or need commercial paint work, you may also need to have a vehicle painted.

Having a car or truck painted typically costs between $300 for minor touch-ups to $5,000 for a total paint job with repair work. For a standard paint job with minimal repairs, most people spend in the $1,500 to $2,500 range. 

The pricing for paint jobs normally aligns with the quality of the work. If you’re on a tight budget, you shouldn’t count on getting the kind of preparation and detailed work that you’ll find at body shops that charge a little more for a more thorough job. 

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Semi Truck Painted?

Having a tractor-trailer painted is certainly more expensive than painting a car, truck, or van. However, a new paint job can completely change your truck’s look and upgrade your business to something more professional looking. 

Painting a semi-truck may cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000 or more depending on the truck’s size and the type of paint job. Adding extra graphics and striping may increase the price, but most standard paint jobs start around $4,000-$5,000.

Of course, there are some benefits to having your truck painted, like making it easier to clean, reducing the potential for rust and other damage, and improving the overall appearance of the vehicle. 

The Bottom Line

Commercial painting covers a lot of different types of jobs that require many different kinds of materials, skills, and have different costs. However, there are many commercial paint jobs that have similar pricing structures, whether by the hour or square foot. 

On the low-end of the spectrum, commercial paint jobs may cost $0.35 to $0.50 per square foot, but that would likely be for less-detailed work by a fairly skilled crew that could work quickly and efficiently. Or, you could end up with a less skilled crew that doesn’t perform the quality work you were hoping for. 

Some commercial paint jobs may be up to $6 per square foot, especially if there is a lot of detailed trim work or if the painters have to work in certain conditions. For example, having an office building painted after hours would likely cost more because of having to pay the crew to work during the evening or on weekends. 

It’s a good idea to get measurements first so you know what you’re dealing with, then get multiple estimates before signing a contract. Remember, the lowest price isn’t always the best option in the long run, so be sure to check for references and look at work samples before making a decision.