Bottom Painter

Apply ink or stain onto bottoms of leather outsoles and heels.
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Quick Stats


Salary Range
$17,000 – $39,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Bottom Painters do?

Applies ink or stain onto bottoms of leather outsoles and heels, using brush, sponge, or spray gun, to color bottoms and prepare surface for polishing. May press shoe bottom against machine bristle rollers that remove excess stain and impart preliminary finish.


Should I be a Bottom Painter?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Independent: You enjoy flying solo and doing things your own way.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.

  • Also known as: Automobile Body Painter, Boat Painter, Painter, Automotive, Painter, Bottom

    How to become a Bottom Painter

    Most Bottom Painters have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9bbaaa&chl=no+college+%2894%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%282%25%29|||&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,94,94
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